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By Otto Weininger

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

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While all other religion, philosophy and art agreed to compromises, they alone dared to express, and thus to display before humanity, the moral command in all its strength and implacability, just as the inner voice in people actually puts it. “All or nothing” is just as much Kant's motto as it is that of Ibsen's Brand. Their fates are the same, too, even to the label “rigorist”, which all those of incomplete and insincere nature have used in replying to them. Ibsen was specially occupied, from beginning to end, with the problem of the lie, from the Love's Comedy, through Skule, the Enemy of the People, and Hjalmar, to Gabriel Borkman's friendship with Foldal.

V: 8] The human being, for Ibsen as for all deep thinkers, consists from the outset of body and soul, or, in the formulation that the oldest dualism has been given by Kant, of phenomenal and noumenal subject, or empirical ego and intelligible ego (as the moral law-giver). Most people, however, know nothing of the existence of a soul, and deny its existence, because the great majority of them, except perhaps momentarily, live a completely soulless life. Peer Gynt is the tragedy of the person who seeks his soul, and surely, therefore, it is the poem written for the greatest number of people (if not for all).

9. Aphorisms This chapter is made up of “remarks that have remained in aphoristic form”. The aphorism, which aspires to compress wisdom, should not be confused with the epigram, which compresses wit. It is rare for philosophers to write aphoristically, since it seems to omit the argumentative context of the thought. It is even rarer for this form (much like the dialogue form, never again used as well as by Plato) to be used successfully. It nonetheless can be strikingly powerful in the hands of a Pascal, a Nietzsche or a Wittgenstein.

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