Otto Weininger: Sex, Science, and Self in Imperial Vienna

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 1, 2000 - History - 239 pages
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Turn-of-the century Vienna is remembered as an aesthetic, erotic, and intellectual world: the birthplace of Freud and psychoanalysis, the waltz, and novels of Schnitzler. The contexts of this cultural vibrancy, Chandak Sengoopta argues, were darker and more complex than we might imagine.

This provocative, enlightening study explores the milieu in which the philosopher Otto Weininger (1880-1903) wrote his controversial book Sex and Character. Shortly after its publication, Weininger committed suicide at the age of twenty-three. His book, which argued that women and Jews were mere sexual beings who lacked individuality, became a bestseller.

Hailed as a genius by intellectuals such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Kraus, Weininger was admired, not for his prejudices, but for his engagement with the central issues of the time—the nature and meanings of identity. Sengoopta pays particular attention to how Weininger appropriated scientific language and data to defend his views and examines the scientific theories themselves.
 

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Contents

The Education of Otto Weininger
13
Identity Politics
21
The Structure and Substance
45
The Biology of Sex and the Deconstruction of Gender
69
f Normalizing the Homosexual
87
The Psychology of Hysteria
103
The Political
117
Responses to Weininger
137
Notes
157
Selected Bibliography
229
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Chandak Sengoopta is a senior lecturer in the history of medicine and science at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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