Modern Subjectivity

by Christian Parreno

Whatever is, is only by the instrumentality of the ego, and whatever exists by my instrumentality I can equally well annihilate again.

Now if we stop at these absolutely empty forms which originate from the absoluteness of the abstract ego, nothing is treated in and for itself and as valuable in itself, but only as produced by the subjectivity of the ego. But in that case the ego can be lord and master of everything […]

Hegel, G. W. F. (1975) Aesthetics. Translated by T. M. Knox. Oxford – UK. Vol. 1, 64.