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Most of my philosophical work is based on the dialectical or deconstructive technique of taking a set of premises and pushing them to their limits so that they turn into the opposite of what they are trying to assert. I generally do this by building models of theories within a particular domain and then pushing them to the point at which they become monstrous and self-contradictory. This technique often uncovers the limits of our knowledge and I am particularly interested in deconstructive readings of scientific theories that show how little we know about the world. An overview of this approach can be found in the introduction to my recent book What We Can Never Know , which applies this technique to contemporary theories about space, time, madness and knowledge. In other work, I have applied this methodology to philosophical ideas about the profundity of wisdom , utopia in America and alienation in the modern subject .