diaeresis

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diaeresis

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a pause in a line of verse occurring when the end of a foot coincides with the end of a word
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This lack of understanding of the implications of human inequality or diversity can be traced to a characteristic shared by young Socrates' mathematical orientation and the diaeretic method used by the Stranger in the first part of the dialogue.
In its overly general and inflexible character--shared with the diaeretic method--law thus mistakes the character of the human things.
Reflection on this discrepancy could enable young Socrates to see that there are objects which elude abstract analysis, that neither his mathematical training nor the diaeretic method to which he is attracted accounts adequately for an eidos as complex as the human one.