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And thus, he said, men become supremely good and happy and skilled in discussion. The very word “discussion,” according to him, owes its name to the practice of meeting together for common deliberation,1 sorting, discussing2 things after their kind: and therefore one should be ready and prepared for this and be zealous for it; for it makes for excellence, leadership and skill in discussion.

1 διαλέγομαι, “discuss,” is lost in the English.

2 The etymological point, διαλέγω, “classify,” implying

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