After all, what would be the value of the passion for knowledge
if it resulted only in a certain amount of knowledgeableness
and not, in one way or another and to the extent possible,
in the knower's straying afield of himself?
There are times in life when the question of knowing
if one can think differently than one thinks,
and perceive differently than one sees,
are absolutely necessary if one is to go on looking and reflecting at all.
People will say, perhaps,
that these games with oneself would better be left backstage;
or, at best, that they might properly form part of those preliminary exercises
that are forgotten once they have served their purpose.
But, then, what is philosophy today
– philosophical activity, I mean –
if not the critical work that thought brings to bear on itself?
In what does it consist, if not in the endeavor to know
how and to what extent it might be possible to think differently,
instead of legitimating what is already known?