While delivering my seminar for the Legal Intersections Research Centre Seminar series, I happened upon my favourite piece of thinking from the current writers on Subjectivity in German Idealist philosophy, i.e. Markus Gabriel, Slavoj Zizek, Ian Hamilton Grant, Peter Hallward:
We are the narrative fictions we tell ourselves, we are the lies we tell ourselves; the fictions that fill the nothingness around which our Subjecthood has been constructed.
That’s the high theory version of the idea. But during my seminar I arrived at the anecdotal shorthand:
I’m sorry but as a Subject you don’t have a gooey centre, you’ve got a hollow core like an empty easter egg.
While Zizek waxes lyrical about the Kinder Surprise in the appendix on ideology at the end of The Puppet and the Dwarf, I think the example works equally well with the basic hollow chocolate egg and the compulsion to ‘fill in’ this void.
I’m currently reading the Gabriel/Zizek book Mythology, Madness, and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism so I expect there’ll be more posts like this one.