Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles by Otto WeiningerSex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles by Otto Weininger

Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

byOtto WeiningerIntroduction byDaniel Steuer, Otto Weininger

Hardcover | April 14, 2005

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Otto Weininger's controversial book Sex and Character, first published in Vienna in 1903, is a prime example of the conflicting discourses central to its time: antisemitism, scientific racism and biologism, misogyny, the cult and crisis of masculinity, psychological introspection versus empiricism, German idealism, the women's movement and the idea of human emancipation, the quest for sexual liberation, and the debates about homosexuality. Combining rational reasoning with irrational outbursts, in the context of today's scholarship, Sex and Character speaks to issues of gender, race, cultural identity, the roots of Nazism, and the intellectual history of modernism and modern European culture. This new translation presents, for the first time, the entire text, including Weininger's extensive appendix with amplifications of the text and bibliographical references, in a reliable English translation, together with a substantial introduction that places the book in its cultural and historical context.

Ladislaus Löb is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Sussex.Daniel Steuer is Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Humanities, University of Sussex.Laura Marcus is Reader in English in the School of Humanities, University of Sussex.
Title:Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental PrinciplesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.49 inPublished:April 14, 2005Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253344719

ISBN - 13:9780253344717

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Table of Contents

A Book That Won't Go Away: Otto Weininger's Sex and Character Daniel Steuer
Translator's Note Ladislaus Löb

First (Preparatory) Part: Sexual Diversity
I. "Men" and "Women"
II. Arrhenoplasm and Thelyplasm
III. Laws of Sexual Attraction
IV. Homosexuality and Pederasty
V. Characterology and Morphology
VI. Emancipated Women

Second or Main Part: The Sexual Types
I. Man and Woman
II. Male and Female Sexuality
III. Male and Female Consciousness
IV. Endowment and Genius
V. Endowment and Memory
VI. Memory, Logic, Ethics
VII. Logic, Ethics, and the Self
VIII. The Problem of the Self and Genius
IX. Male and Female Psychology
X. Motherhood and Prostitution
XI. Eroticism and Aesthetics
XII. The Nature of Woman and Her Purpose in the Universe
XIII. Judaism
XIV. Woman and Humanity

Appendix: Additions and References

Editorial Reviews

This long-awaited new translation of Austrian thinker Otto Weininger's masterwork, Sex and Character (1903), is simply splendid. Accurate, graceful, and complete-three qualities no other English translation can boast-it is light years beyond all previous translations. Why is this book a big deal, and why should one care about it? For one thing, because it encapsulates Viennese intellectual life around the turn of the 20th century insofar as it reflects the thinking of other intellectuals and artists-Freud, Kraus, and Broch, to mention three. But the more important reason is intrinsic: it raises questions about modernity, race, identity, gender, and fascism, questions that are still at the center of cultural debate. Those interested in European history and thought, cultural and literary studies, and race and gender theory will find this book indispensable. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. -M. Uebel, University of TexasNovember 2005