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By Otto Weininger

Together with his suicide in 1903, on the age of 23, Otto Weininger grew to become a crucial determine within the mythology of fin-de-siecle Vienna. This quantity of essays, released posthumously, is a sequel to his ebook, intercourse and personality, which was once banned by means of Nazi censors. this is often its first translation into English.

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Ibsen shows us this essence of Peer Gynt – and this is one of the most powerful effects and one of the most inspired ideas in the work – as staying continually the same through all changes, as being eternally itself. For Ibsen is permeated by the unshakeable truth that there is a constant which remains 22 Women seek souls, as they seek sexual characteristics like a beard and muscular strength, only as embodied in men and not for themselves. 23 In the first Act, we see how Peer Gynt tries desperately to improve his reputation by inventing tall tales.

Ber die letzten Dinge was published early in 1904. Rappaport, who is responsible for the title and the chapter headings, also included the 69 aphorisms which Weininger wrote during his final few days in Vienna. In the second edition (1907), for which he revised his Foreword, and made minor corrections to the text, Rappaport also removed 47 of these final aphorisms. He did so because they were “composed in a sort of secret language”. There is no consistent subject matter in the aphorisms he removed, and I am inclined to agree that he removed them not to avert scandal, but to minimize unintelligibility.

I have treated this essay as essentially epistemological. “Wissen” is rendered as “knowledge”, and “Glaube” as “belief”. Weininger uses “Glaube” not for reasoned assent appropriate to a probability, but rather for the ungrounded affirmation that is sometimes called “faith”. I have used “belief”, however, even where the context is in the ordinary sense religious, because Weininger thinks that the same ungrounded affirmation is found both in religion and in science. He also ex- xxxvii ploits the fact that the German word for “superstition”, “Aberglaube”, makes a pointed contrast with “Glaube” that cannot be captured in English.

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