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Related to his essentially life denying worldview the book is surprisingly religious There is no crude proselytizing Weininger is too subtle for that But he is fanatically obsessive about his faith and his philosophical framework leads almost inevitably to the tenets of his Christian faith ie man is born in sin woman is bad pleasure is immoral this world is a vale of tears His interpretation of his faith is harsh and can almost make him seem like a fanatic at times Last but not least there are a few pages in the middle and towards the end of the book in which Weininger takes on some of his contemporaries these sections are understandably dated and can comfortably be skipped So where do we end up This is one of the few books that I ve been profoundly affected by which I enjoyed tremendously which I ve learnt a great deal from but nonetheless which I cannot recommend whole heartedly Why Because while there are many passages that are so profoundly right as to be blindingly self obvious there are uite a few that are so appallingly terribly fantastically wrong But Weininger is such a genius his arguments so seductive and his basic heart seems to be right that it is easy to get sucked into the whirlpool of his nihilistic genius affirming frenzy But that is not really my call to make Read the book with an open mind be impressed with the depth of one young man s blinding passion for truth but take it with a huge grain of salt With these provisos I think one can learn a great deal from the product of poor Otto Weininger s tormented brain In regards to gender egalitarianism feminism Mgtow and the battle of the sexes This book is a must read this is the ultimate Mgtow book it annihilates the aids known as feminism at the root Man must be indifferent to feminism and women in general in this day and age The Suffragettes and Second Wave Feminist s are mere imitators of Males and could never see their efforts bear fruit Euality between the sexes is a lie A genius like Weininger is very rare he is one of the few writers of European Culture i regard as genius I know this book has an infamous reputation thanks to the feminist slags who can t look in the mirror and are incapable of self reflection and analysis I read this book because it is a good antidote to modern women who embrace feminism and gynocentricism This book to the Mgtow Movement is exactly what Mein Kampf is to the National Socialist Movement in Germany To be fair I m not as misogynistic as Weininger because Modern Women are slaves and prostitutes to Zionist Elites and Marxist Professors in the Universities Weininger understands the dangers that Zionism Communism Liberalism and Feminism pose to the human race and this is one hundred and fifteen years ago Despite Otto Weininger being Jewish he certainly has defeated the negative stereotype so prominent throughout World History I went to Vienna last year and visited his Gravestone in the Protestant Cementary Overall Mgtow men should this book This book is really terrible ust unimaginably trashy but it does have an intriguing backstory and there s the odd fact that Wittgenstein apparently counted Weininger as one of his influences I m slightly annoyed by some of the reviews here that say things along the lines Whether or not you agree with him you must admit he was brilliant Because no actually this book is an embarrassing morass of mysogny racism bad science romantic cliches and it s all very badly written I once made a good faith effort to read it but couldn t do than a few chapters I remember when I was in my late teens I had finally worked my way into the bedroom of a schoolmate I had a crush on since my pre teen years He was a brown skinned confident ATHLETE WITH AN AIR OF COOL with an air of cool an incredible body that I couldn t wait to discover Ever One of the most controversial most influental although very few thinkers had the courage to pay their due and most insightful works of the early 20th centuryAn indisputable genius perhaps the last of his kind captures the zeitgeist of the declining European civilization through the lens of his own psychosexual pathology Rejecting both plebeian empiricism and lotsofbigwordstm approach of modern uasi philosophy Weininger may be the last representative of the classical Western thought which held the Truth not reason above all elseThe saddening dismissing and hostile attitude of other reviewers reveals both extreme spritiual shallowness and high levels of anti intellectualism of our age Call him wrong all you want he was wrong than you ll ever be If you like books that are bat shit crazy and I certainly do then this one should be at the top of your list It rivals Martin Luther s On the Jews and their Lies Houston Stewart Chamberlain s The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century Charles Carroll s The Negro as Beast and Hitler s Mein Kampf for its bizarre twists and turns in logic and for the absurdity of its content More significant is its popularity published in 1903 it went into its seventeen printing by 1918 which tells you something about the way people were thinking in Austria and Germany in the early part of the twentieth century For those who want to understand what made Hitler and the Nazis possible this book is a must read But if you also want to understand the gnarled inner life of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein then you should also read this book for

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loved it was heavily influenced by it and somehow this doesn t surprise me I can t believe I never really reviewed it and somehow this doesn t surprise me I can t believe I never really reviewed book only gave some really long uotes from it Possibly one of the interesting cultural phenomenas of the 20th century The book is at times idiotic on its misogyny but yet its also erudite on the anxiety of living a life amongst decadence and the need for genius amongst the general depravity of so. And the idea of human emancipation the uest for sexual liberation and the debates about homosexuality Combining rational reasoning with irrational outbursts in the context of today's scholarship Sex and Character speaks to issues of gender race cultural identity the roots of Nazism and the intellectual history of modernism an.

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Ciety kind of in the way we as an American Idol voting Joel Olsteen and The Shack reading text messaging at all times society are decadent and deprave This book is kind of an attempt to ustify the authors reason to go on in a scientific manner to go on though he needs to make very many wild and outlandish statements of opinion and call them facts The guy was a walking cesspool of hatred in all likelihood and most of it was probably inner conflicts and self loathing that he tried to vent out on to the world An anti semitic Jew and a homophobic Homosexual who lived out of step with the world around him he was really uite something Fortunately for the world he produced this book which ranks up there with Klaus Kinski s memoirs as possibly the most enjoyably absurd literature of all time I hope to dethrone them eventually with finding something eually or even absurd than these two cracked Germans suggestions are welcome before deciding to shoot himself at the age of 23 an act that ironically he bungled so instead of dying a heroic death his death sort of dragged on like the whining Werther probably a character he held in disdain And now for the original collection of uotesBefore reading this book I had no idea of what depraved creatures women are I m glad I didn t have to go through of my life without knowing what I now know For your enlightenmentPeople have either not seen or not wanted to say or indeed not pictured uite correctly what Man s penis psychologically means to Woman whether as an adult or even a young virgin and how it dominates her whole life although she is often totally unconscious of this I do not mean to say that a woman thinks a man s penis beautiful or even ust pretty Rather it has the same effect on her as the head of Medusa on human beings or a snake on a bird it hypnotizes entrances fascinates her She perceives it as the thing for which she does not even have a name it is her destiny it is what she cannot escape from The reason why she is so afraid to see Man in the nude and why she never shows him any desire to do so is because she feels that she would be lost straightaway The phallus is what enslaves Woman absolutely and forever Thus it is the very part which thoroughly spoils the look of a man s body which alone makes a naked man ugly and which sculptors therefore often cover with an acanthus or fig leaf that excites women most profoundly and rouses them most powerfully in particular when it represents the most unpleasant thing of all in its erect stateOnly women are happy No man feels happy because every man has a relationship with freedom and yet is always to some extent in bondage while on earthThere has never been a moment when I have not longed among other things for non existencewhether seen in this light women are in fact human beings or whether according to the author s theory the author s theory they would not really have to be classified as animals or plantsWoman is not a microcosm she was not created in the image of God Is she then still a human being Or is she an animal Or a plant Give early 20th century Austrian Jew Otto Weininger credit for intellectual consistency After penning the anti Semitic violently misogynistic pr Possibly my most hated book in my library that has had some significant hated book in my library that has had some significant on my own belief system Otto Weininger was a brilliant depressed cult figure who committed suicide at the young age of 23 in the previous household of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven Disregard his brief life span There has been an immense amount of literary acknowledgements of influence from different artists writers and philosophers According to one source some of these people are said to be Ford Madox Ford James Joyce Franz Kafka Karl Kraus Charlotte Perkins Gilman Gertrude Stein and August Strindberg source It can be projected that for a lot of people here myself included would have discovered Weininger through at least one of these persons My own discovery has been through the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein His influence is noticeable in the writings of some authors than others However a lot of those who were mentioned above are also Jewish Weininger Wittgenstein And Myself As and myself as all come from a Jewish heritage It can be favoured that we are all in fact extremely passive and maybe have some philosophical derivative of Stockholm syndrome due to our rather long history of persecution That we garnered this natural intuition to conceal our true self Even according to Wittgenstein Jews tend to conceal their psychological nature which according to him as being both secretive and cunning Manifested in history as the Jew s practical intellect spiritual flexibility and concealing nature that allowed them to persevere their malignant historical background Weinin In attempting to demonstrate the metaphysical connection between genius masculinity logic memory and ethics he sought to solve the woman uestionHe showed a proposed relation between genius and masculinity and the moral and intellectual inferiority of women and Jews and other minorities Additionally his writings on the subject of Protestantism and Judaism have been seen as reflective of both his own personal self loathing of his Jewish identity and his rebellion against the Catholic culture of Vienna It should be read as an autobiography of a deeply insecure anti semitic Jew a homophobic Homosexual student with
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inner conflicts much self loathing who would shortly thereafter tragically take his own lifeWittgenstein wrote to GE Moore to explain his views on this book saying It isn t necessary or rather not possible to agree with him but the greatness lies in that with which we disagree It is his enormous mistake which is great Ie roughly speaking if you ust add a to the whole book it says an important trut. D modern European culture This new translation presents for the first time the entire text including Weininger's extensive appendix with amplifications of the text and bibliographical references in a reliable English translation together with a substantial introduction that places the book in its cultural and historical contex.
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Geschlecht und Charakter Eine prinzipielle UntersuchungOtto Weininger s Sex and Character appeared in the early years of the 20th century conceived and written in an intellectually riled up Vienna It was the atmosphere that gave birth to Freud Wittgenstein Kafka and Jung and it the book in uestion profoundly influenced at least 2 of the mentioned luminaries On first glance the book seems an unlikely candidate for having such a reputation It is without doubt one of the most violent books that I have read I do not mind violence in the base sense of the word but rather I have in mind a kind of elemental corrosiveness that is ultimately philosophical which pushes aside all comforting illusions and calls the masculine element firmly urgently and mercilessly to its task of being moral It is violent in the sublime way that only untramelled profundity can be violent The reference to masculine in the last few lines is sure to make than a few modern readers cringe and is probably the cause for a lot of the notoriety that the book has been considered with ever since its publication Before I can address that perception we should with the soundest philosophical etiuette define our terms For Weininger the male and the female are not used with reference to any biology but are used in the sense of Platonic Ideas In other words male and female refer to Forms to super empirical structures of which the worldly males and females are approximations Thus every human being is a mixture of the male and female element For Weininger the female is sexuality The male is sexuality and something The female is unconsciousness The male has the possibility of consciousness The female is non rational not irrational The male has the possibility of being rational Conseuently and Weininger here follows Kant s ethics the female is non moral not immoral while the male has the possibility of morality The female is nothing The male has the possibility of being something Once the modern reader bears in mind that Weininger is talking about things which are in a sense beyond our crude notions of gender we realize that he is in fact talking about the sources of our subjectivity the fundamentally dichotomous nature of our perception and connecting this analysis with a investigation into the good life this is based on the rejection of the lower and a progression to the higher and as such is it only possible for the masculine element for morality is only possible with consciousness and only the male element has the possibility of consciousness There are thus two things to be noted with regards to people who engage in knee erk criticism of this book The first point is simply tossing around words such as misogyny and racism does not constitute a valid critiue Weininger s book has serious problems which I will address at the end of this review but he is not writing at such a simplistic level that similarly simplistic criticism can be hurled To put it simply he is not engaging in cheap propaganda but is engaged in a sustained philosophical investigation As the subtitle suggests It Is Truly An Of Fundamental Principles The Second is truly an of fundamental principles The second I wish to make follows from the first and which I have already addressed Masculine and feminine refers to ualities Not individuals Once this is borne in mind the simplistic taunt of misogyny should be easily dismissed Another tip for the modern reader especially someone who has familiarity with evolutionary psychology is to approach the text from the perspective of this modern science Weininger uite amazingly anticipates many of the paradigms that have come to be associated with this field The last uarter of the text where Weininger analyzes the nature of the Jewish race and draws parallels between them and the feminine psychology has drawn criticism for its supposed anti semitism Read in the cold and clear light of modernity this portion of the text does indeed strike one as uncomfortable and in light of the ungainly resurgence of many old chauvinistic and racist attitudes in our still young century as indefensible But once again I would urge the reader to approach the whole text with an open mind and to once again realize that the author is not talking on the level of biology but is investigating certain fundamental psychological frameworks that characterize the human species Jewishness does not refer in Weininger s usage to a uality of a particular group of people but is instead an archetype that can be inhabited by anyone Now for the conclusion What I liked The book is literally overflowing with great uotes subtle in their penetrating understanding of human psychology Weininger seems to me to be spot on with his fundamental philosophical assertion regarding the division of human nature into masculine and feminine and his analysis of the different modes of functioning peculiar to these two sensibilities seems to me to be largely correct as well In addition I think his characterization of the nature of genius which he reserves for the masculine element is uncompromising but spot on What I didn t like There are no two ways about it Weininger s vision of the universe is dark dreary absolute and despairing He is what Nietzsche would rudely but effectively characterize as a life denier His profound nihilism seeps through the pores of every word in this book and he seems to take as incontrovertibly true that disgust for existence is an absolutely natural state for any thinking disgust for existence is an absolutely natural state for any thinking This disgust for life this resenntiment to borrow from Nietzsche once again almost functions as his basic philosophical assumption so to speak It is a tricky situation for the reader for if you do not share Weininger s assumption uncharitable reviewers have called it his pathology then the entire book does begin to seem like the seductively articulate ravings of a diseased soul In addition and this could be. Otto Weininger's controversial book Sex and Character first published in Vienna in 1903 is a prime example of the conflicting discourses central to its time antisemitism scientific racism and biologism misogyny the cult and crisis of masculinity psychological introspection versus empiricism German idealism the women's movement.

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