52. If I am inclined to suppose that a mouse has come into being by spontaneous
generation out of grey rags and dust, I shall do well to examine those rags very
closely to see how a mouse may have hidden in them, how it may have got there
and so on. But if I am convinced that a mouse cannot come into being from these
things, then this investigation will perhaps be superfluous.
But first we must learn to understand what it is that opposes such an examination of details in philosophy.