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[167c] is precisely a science of itself and of the other sciences, and moreover is a science of the lack of science at the same time.


Then mark what a strange statement it is that we are attempting to make, my friend: for if you will consider it as applied to other cases, you will surely see—so I believe—its impossibility.

How so? In what cases?

In the following: ask yourself if you think there is a sort of vision which is not the vision of things that we see in the ordinary way, but a vision of itself and of the other sorts of vision,

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