..nominalism encourages the bourgeoisie to be suspicious of everything that would restrain isolated individuals in their ‘pursuit of happiness,’ the unreflective pursuit of their own advantage, as being mere illusion. Nothing universal should exist that would remove the blinders of the particular, the belief that its contingency is its law. ‘What’s a concept anyway?’—this gesture always expresses something else as well: that the individual has money to earn and that is more important than anything else. If the concept were to be autonomous in such a way that it did not exhaust itself in the particulars of which it is composed, the bourgeois principle of individuation would be shaken to its core.
Theodor W. Adorno, Hegel: Three Studies (via anthropologeist)