- Plato was discoursing on his theory of ideas and, pointing to the cups on the table before him, said while there are many cups in the world, there is only one `idea' of a cup, and this cupness precedes the existence of all particular cups.
- "I can see the cup on the table," interupted Diogenes, "but I can't see the `cupness'".
- "That's because you have the eyes to see the cup," said Plato, "but", tapping his head with his forefinger, "you don't have the intellect with which to comprehend `cupness'."
- Diogenes walked up to the table, examined a cup and, looking inside, asked, "Is it empty?"
- Plato nodded.
- "Where is the `emptiness' which procedes this empty cup?" asked Diogenes.
- Plato allowed himself a few moments to collect his thoughts, but Diogenes reached over and, tapping Plato's head with his finger, said "I think you will find here is the `emptiness'."
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