Talk:Otto Weininger

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Relationships and Self-Hatred[edit]

Did Weininger ever have a wife or a girlfriend? I think this insight into his personal life is essential to the article as it directly relates to his book. Also, though this may seem POV, should it be mentioned that Weininger may be considered, on some level at least, a Self-hating Jew?


This page could use a picture of the man. --Alf melmac 10:50, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

I just added a link which contains some good ones. Michael David 17:26, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

It may be that Hitler did read Weininger. Look at this page which contains exerpts from a book called Hitler's Vienna by Brigitte Hamann [1].

03:52, 12 April 2006 (UTC)


Does anyone think that perhaps there are too many internal links on this page, particularly the section on "Sex and Character"? Does anyone want to pare them down? So why there is NOT an article to sex and character, one of the most original works of the Wien circle, deeply influential to Wittgenstein among others?

I wonder (-;l


He was Jewish, this should be added to the article.

It is mentioned that Weininger was a Jew in the Sex and Character section. 22:44, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Yes, it is obvious from his name, and from his picture. (In 1880, before the Czech mass immigration started, Vienna was a predominantly Jewish city, like Prague, Cracow, and Lemberg.) I think this is the main reason for his anti-semitism. He was like so many converted Jews who wanted to prove that they were REAL GOOD CHRISTIANS by now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:23, 2 February 2016 (UTC)


Chirico was influenced by Weininger: As was Cioran: (talk) 19:16, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Günter Grass[edit]

Some mention should be made of Günter Grass's scathing references to Sex and Character in Dog Years. Sca (talk) 19:52, 16 October 2008 (UTC)


Personally i think Weininger's Sex and Character is very much misunderstood. Basically, his argument is that a person can have both good and bad qualities. And he simply used the word "Jewish" and "female" to denote the bad qualities. Any male underachiever would have the qualities of a "Jewish women" under Weininger's definition. And women of any race who has done great things would have the qualities of an "Aryan man" by the same logic. Philosophy.dude (talk) 01:20, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

And that makes it all right then? Yipee, a woman by doing 'great things' can qualify as an honorary man and thus as a human being. Yay. Newsflash - you don't have to be in "academic circles" - as the orignator of this article coyly puts it - to see the rampant misogyny/antisemitism inherent in the idea that "bad" qualities are coded as female/Jewish, *dude*. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:48, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Why did he commit suicide?[edit]

After reading the article, I still don't understand. I think it is not clearly stated in the article, is it? I understand that there may be no certain answer to such questions, but some speculations on the possible reason of his suicide can also help a lot. --Betty (talk) 17:33, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

Views on race[edit]

The article currently says "Isolated parts of Weininger's writings were used by Nazi propaganda, despite the fact that Weininger actively argued against the ideas of race that came to be identified with the Nazis." The quotes that follow as a comparative example seem to support the case that he held a similar view as the Nazis. So... are there any external analyses of this? Trying to compare one selected quote against another smacks of WP:OR. Grayfell (talk) 08:34, 9 January 2013 (UTC)


Are there any philosophical dictionaries or encyclopedia's which cite Weininger as a philosopher? Any secondary or tertiary philosophical texts which deal with his theories? He was a curious cultural phenomenon, but is there any real support for calling him a philosopher?KD Tries Again (talk) 14:19, 2 April 2015 (UTC)KD Tries Again

According to de:Otto Weininger#Wirkungsgeschichte, Sigmund Freud called him "a highly talented and sexually disturbed young philosopher". -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 08:59, 3 April 2015 (UTC)