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Sex and Character - Otto Weininger

Sex and Character - Otto Weininger

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Brought to you byThe Thinking Man's MinefieldandOtto Weininger on the Internet  ___________________________ 
  
 
SEX & CHARACTER 
 BY
OTTO WEININGER  
 
 
AUTHORISED TRANSLATION FROM THESIXTH GERMAN EDITION LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANNNEW YORK: G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS
1906
 
  
CONTENTS 
V
 
 
 i THE GERMAN PRESSON “SEX AND CHARACTER.” 
Die Umschau.
“Dr. Otto Weininger’s book is destined to placethe relation of the sexes in a new light. He traces the contrastbetween 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 extraordinarybook, 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.”
Der Volkserzieher.
“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.”
Allgemeine Zeitung.
“This book . . . is a sensational work, bothby 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 thebroadest scientific basis, with all the resources of the most modernphilosophy.”
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 withperfect 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.”
Die Wage.
“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

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