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loved philosophy so much, so that they could better
know the good and just life. For this reason we have
spoken about philosophy several times, since it is a
matter that is of great good, and by it man can
have understanding of how to know and love
God. Therefore I will tell you what this means.
[rubric:] What philosophy is, and Plato's answer. [/rubric]
True philosophy is having understanding
of God and a fine love of wisdom, and knowing
the secrets and ordonnances of divine and human
matters, in order to know God and His power; and what
a mand should be so that they could conduct themselves
in such a way that they would be agreeable to God. [see note]
He who knows God and his mysteries well, he knows
philosophy entirey. They all are good philosophers who
have a good understanding of themselves. On this matter,
Plato responded to several people who asked him together,
and told them that he had learned this and needed nothing
more [see note], for he had spent all his time studying in
order to learn. Then it was said to him: "Master, it is good of you
to tell us some good word proceeding from your high understanding, as

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 115r
Walters ms. Folio 120r
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 134v-135v
Caxton, ed. Prior, p 166-167
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 190

Marie Richards

lines 14-15: needs review. change from singular to plural and use of past subjunctive is strange.

Marie Richards

lines 20-21: translation per Caxton.