Process as transgression

I believe that without speculation there is no such thing as depth. The fact that in its absence philosophy really does degenerate into mere description may well seem quite plausible to you. This speculative surplus that goes beyond whatever is the case, beyond mere existence, is the element of freedom in thought, and because it is, because it alone does stand for freedom, because it represents the tiny quantum of freedom we possess, it also represents happiness of thought. It is the element of freedom because it is the point at which the expressive need of the subject breaks through the conventional and canalized ideas in which he moves, and asserts himself. And this breakthrough of the limits set on expression from within together with the smashing of the façade of life in which one happens to find oneself—these two elements may well be the same thing. (Adorno’s Lectures on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, 2008, pp. 107-8)


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