Sense Certainty and Terror
VYSHINSKY: Accused Bukharin, were you with Khodjayev at his country place?
Bukharin: I was.
VYSHINSKY: Did you carry on a conversation?
Bukharin: I carried on a conversation and kept my head on my shoulders all the time, but it does not follow from this that I dealt with the things of which Khodjayev just spoke; this was the first conversation...
VYSHINSKY: It is of no consequence whether it was the first or not the first. Do you confirm that there was such a conversation?
Bukharin: Not such a conversation, but a different one, and also secret.
VYSHINSKY: I am not asking you about conversations in general, but about this conversation.
Bukharin: In Hegel's Logic the word "this" is considered to be the most difficult word....
VYSHINSKY: I ask the Court to explain to the accused Bukharin that he is here not in the capacity of a philosopher, but a criminal, and he would do better to refrain from talking here about Hegel's philosophy, it would be better first of all for Hegel's philosophy....
Bukharin: A philosopher may be a criminal.
VYSHINSKY: Yes, that is to say, those who imagine themselves to be philosophers turn out to be spies. Philosophy is out of place here. I am asking you about that conversation of which Khodjayev just spoke; do you confirm it or do you deny it?
Bukharin: I do not understand the word "that." We had a conversation at the country house.
(As quoted and discussed in Alain Badiou, Théorie du sujet, pp. 329-30.)