1. Whatever it was about philosophical system that once legitimately exceeded the individuum has its proper place outside of system. The interpretive gaze that beholds in a phenomenon more than is there and only thereby beholds what is there—this is metaphysics made secular. Only a philosophy recast in the form of fragments could bring the monad, this illusory invention of idealism, into its fold. They would be representations in the particular of the totality that cannot be represented as such.
    — Theodor Adorno, Negative Dialectics (1966)
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