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would be a part of the whole; but now the others, not partaking in any

way of the one, are neither one nor many, nor whole, nor part.

True.

Then the others neither are nor contain two or three, if entirely

deprived of the one?

True.

Then the others are neither like nor unlike the one, nor is likeness

and unlikeness in them; for if they were like and unlike, or had in

them likeness and unlikeness, they would have two natures in them

opposite to one another.

That is clear.

But for that which partakes of nothing to partake of two things

was held by us to be impossible?

Impossible.

Then the others are neither like nor unlike nor both, for if they

were like or unlike they would partake of one of those two natures,

which would be one thing, and if they were both they would partake

of opposites which would be two things, and this has been shown to

be impossible.

True.

Therefore they are neither the same, nor other, nor in motion, nor

at rest, nor in a state of becoming, nor of being destroyed, nor

greater, nor less, nor equal, nor have they experienced anything

else of the sort; for, if they are capable of experiencing any such

affection, they will participate in one and two and three, and odd and

even, and in these, as has been proved, they do not participate,

seeing that they are altogether and in every way devoid of the one.

Very true.

Therefore if one is, the one is all things, and also nothing, both

in relation to itself and to other things.

Certainly.


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