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Wittgenstein Reads Weininger


David G. Stern, Béla Szabados, Allan Janik, Steven Burns, Joachim Schulte, Daniel Steuer
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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521532600

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  • Otto Weininger was one of the most controversial and widely read authors of fin-de-siècle Vienna. He was both condemned for his misogyny, self-hatred, anti-semitism and homophobia, as well as praised for his uncompromising and outspoken approach to gender and morality. For Wittgenstein Weininger was a 'remarkable genius'. He repeatedly recommended Weininger's Sex and Character to friends and students and included the author on a short list of figures who had influenced him. The purpose of this new collection of essays is to explore the various ways in which Wittgenstein absorbed and responded to Weininger's ideas. Written by an international team of experts on Wittgenstein and Weininger, the volume is especially timely in the light of recent translations of Weininger's work and will appeal to anyone interested in the history of 20th century philosophy, and the literary and cultural history of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

    • Wittgenstein is main selling point - this is a strong part of the Philosophy list
    • Will appeal to those interested in the intellectual and cultural history of fin-de-siècle Vienna
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521532600
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Reading Wittgenstein (on) reading David G. Stern and Béla Szabados
    2. Eggshells or nourishing yolks? A portrait of Wittgenstein as a Weiningerian Béla Szabados
    3. Weininger and the two Wittgensteins Allan Janik
    4. Sex and solipsism: Weininger's On Last Things Steven Burns
    5. Wittgenstein and Weininger: time, life, world Joachim Schulte
    6. Uncanny differences
    Wittgenstein and Weininger as Doppelgänger Daniel Steuer
    7. Weininger and Wittgenstein on 'animal psychology' David G. Stern.

  • Editors

    David G. Stern, University of Iowa
    David G. Stern is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa.

    Béla Szabados, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Béla Szabados is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the Univesity of Regina.


    David G. Stern, Béla Szabados, Allan Janik, Steven Burns, Joachim Schulte, Daniel Steuer

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