i THE GERMAN PRESSON “SEX AND CHARACTER.”
—“Dr. Otto Weininger’s book is destined to placethe relation of the sexes in a new light. He traces the contrast between man and woman to a single principle, and makes an attemptto reduce the spiritual differences of the sexes to a system.”
Allgemeine Wiener Medizinische Zeitung.
—“An extraordinary book, that called forth the learned criticism of two faculties, and hadappeared in a third edition a few months after its publication, beforethe scientific world had been able to pronounce upon it seriously, notto say finally. . . . A book that will henceforth be in the hands of every doctor who has occasion to study the antithetical character of the two sexes.”
—“There is no aspect of modern thought whichhe (Weininger) has not touched upon in the course of hisinvestigations, no recess of the labyrinthine modern soul into whichhe does not invite us to glance with him, no question on which he hasnot touched, or to which be has not, indeed, offered a solution inaccordance with his own philosophy.”
—“This book . . . is a sensational work, both by reason of its contents and of the tragic fate of its author.Weininger, as is commonly known, shot himself in the autumn of 1903 at the early age of twenty-three, in the house in Vienna whereBeethoven had died. . . . But it is the book itself, even more than itsauthor's individuality, which is abnormal. It is nothing less than anattempt to construct a system of sexual characterology on the broadest scientific basis, with all the resources of the most modern philosophy.”
Münchener Neueste Nachrichten.
—“ ‘Sex and Character,’ by Dr.Weininger, has none of the character of a youthful work. Thelearning revealed in this hook, and indeed its whole conception, aresuch that we might take it for the strenuous achievement of alifetime.”
Neues Wiener Tageblatt.
—“A great philosophical, biological, andsocial question is here treated by a gifted and learned author with perfect freedom and breadth, yet with a seriousness, a wealth of scientific knowledge, that would ensure the book a place in the frontrank, even were the style less excellent, vivacious, and individualthan it is.”
—“The author is a brilliant stylist. On every page I findaphorisms, in which the form fits the thought like a veil of silver.And these thoughts are no ordinary ones. The writer goes his own