Category: Wittgenstein


Posted by luno in philosophical method, war, Wittgenstein, Hume, General (Thursday September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am)
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In this lecture, Luno patrols the border between induction and existentialism, finding a critique of analytic philosophy.
I trained formally as an analytic philosopher. Most of the philosophical literature I directly address in my writing is analytic. But my sympathies are nearly always with the existentialist and literary traditions in philosophy. My first entry into philosophy […]

“…my God he was wrong.”

Posted by luno in misogyny, Wittgenstein, philosophy and sex, male criminality, Weininger (Tuesday February 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm)
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Notes on M. O’C. Drury, “Some Notes on Conversations” (with Wittgenstein)
Drury recalls what Wittgenstein said about Otto Weininger.
He alludes to von Wright’s remarks on Wittgenstein’s high regard for Weininger. Wittgenstein recommended Sex and Character to Drury as “a work of remarkable genius” and Drury remembers that Wittgenstein said that Weininger, at twenty-one and before anyone […]

On being criminal, Jewish, a woman, Woolf, Weininger, Wittgenstein, Rhees and Russia

Posted by luno in Woolf, misogyny, Marx, political philosophy, anti-Semitism, feminism, suicide, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm)
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Notes on Rush Rhees, “Postscript” (on Wittgenstein)
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Rush Rhees’ published recollections, a chief source for biographical understanding of certain perceived peculiarities of Wittgenstein’s makeup, specifically, his relationship to his Jewishness, to Otto Weininger, women, and politics. In the course of these notes, Luno offers one of his more remarkable summations of […]

Luno Reads Wittgenstein Reads Weininger

Posted by luno in misogyny, wake, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm)
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Notes on David G. Stern and Béla Szabados, Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Stern, David G. and Szabados, Béla, “Reading Wittgenstein (on) Reading: An Introduction” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 1-28. He has something to say about every essay in the collection.
While there is little, in our judgment, that […]

A Wittgenstein and Weininger frittata

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm)
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Notes on Béla Szabados, “Eggshells or Nourishing Yolk? A Portrait of Wittgenstein as a Weiningerian” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Szabados distinguishes the “externalist-negative” approach to characterizing Otto Weininger’s influence on Wittgenstein from a more direct and substantial effect on nearly every major theme or methodology in Wittgenstein. The first and usual approach has been largely centered […]

Animality: transcendence and acknowledgment

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm)
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Notes on Alan Janik, “Weininger and the Two Wittgensteins” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Janik discusses the sources of Wittgenstein’s and Weininger’s alleged self-hatred, citing Steven Beller’s study of the significance of self-criticism in the context of Viennese Jewish secularization. (See our notes on Beller, Vienna and the Jews: 1867-1938, Cambridge, 1989).
A difference between Weininger and Wittgenstein […]

Male solipsism

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm)
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Notes on Steven Burns, “Sex and Solipsism: Weininger’s On Last Things” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Burns cites an intriguing reference to a religious interpretation of Weininger by Waltraud Hirsch, (1997), Eine unbescheidene Charakterologie: Geistige Differenz von Judentum und Christentum; Otto Weininger Lehre vom bestimmten Charakter.
He attempts to tease out what Wittgenstein found so engaging about Weininger’s […]

Was Weininger as devious as Kierkegaard?

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Thursday January 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm)
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Notes on Joachim Schulte, “Wittgenstein and Weininger: Time, Life and World” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Schulte begins his piece by warning us against attributing current understandings of anti-Semitism or anti-feminism to an earlier though recent period. It was a time which we are inclined to see as formative of our current state of “relative enlightenment” on […]

Whose Doppelgänger?

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, Weininger (Wednesday January 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm)
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Notes on Daniel Steuer, “Uncanny Differences: Wittgenstein and Weininger as Doppelgänger” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Steuer (who wrote the introduction to the Löb English translation of Otto Weininger’s Sex and Character) sets out to explain the famous negation Wittgenstein wanted to place in front of Weininger’s book in his letter to Moore. Wittgenstein at the same […]

Weininger, Wittgenstein, and the honor of dogs

Posted by luno in Wittgenstein, animals, Weininger (Tuesday January 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm)
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Notes on David G. Stern, “Weininger and Wittgenstein on ‘Animal Psychology,’” in Wittgenstein Reads Weininger
Stern quotes Weininger’s On Last Things:
The vegetarians are just as wrong as their opponents. Anyone who does not wish to contribute to the killing of living things may only drink milk, for anyone who eats fruits or eggs still kills embryos. […]

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