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Otto Weininger

Datum narození: 3. duben 1880
Datum úmrtí: 4. říjen 1903

Otto Weininger byl rakouský filosof a spisovatel židovského původu. V roce 1903 vydal knihu Pohlaví a charakter, která získala popularitu po jeho sebevraždě ve věku 23 let. Dnes je Weininger v akademických kruzích obecně vnímán jako misogyn a antisemita, ale filosof Ludwig Wittgenstein a spisovatel August Strindberg ho považovali za velkého génia.


„Člověk je tím významnější, čím víc pro něj věci znamenají.“

„Mám v sobě chlad hrobu.“


„All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery.“

„There are transitional forms between the metals and non-metals; between chemical combinations and simple mixtures, between animals and plants, between phanerogams and cryptogams, and between mammals and birds [... ]. The improbability may henceforth be taken for granted of finding in Nature a sharp cleavage between all that is masculine on the one side and all that is feminine on the other; or that any living being is so simple in this respect that it can be put wholly on one side, or wholly on the other, of the line.“

„Napoleon, the greatest of the conquerors, is a sufficient proof that great men of action are criminals, and therefore, not geniuses. One can understand him by thinking of the tremendous intensity with which he tried to escape from himself. There is this element in all the conquerors, great or small. Just because he had great gifts, greater than those of any emperor before him, he had greater difficulty in stifling the disapproving voice within him. The motive of his ambition was the craving to stifle his better self.“ Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

„No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them“ Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

„Great men have always preferred women of the prostitute type.“ Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

„Talent is hereditary; it may be the common possession of a whole family (eg, the Bach family); genius is not transmitted; it is never diffused, but is strictly individual.“ Sex & character


„Universality is the distinguishing mark of genius. There is no such thing as a special genius, a genius for mathematics, or for music, or even for chess, but only a universal genius. The genius is a man who knows everything without having learned it.“ Sex & character

„The danger of insanity is always present in those who try to penetrate the discipline of logic and pure knowledge.“

„Only from within himself can a person know the depth of the world: in him lie the interconnections of the world.“ Aphoristic Writings, Notebook, and Letters to a Friend

„There are men who are willing to marry a woman they do not care about merely because she is admired by other men. Such a relation exists between many men and their thoughts.“


„The criminal (as slave) often seeks a person of great perfection (and here, as a judge of people's imperfection, the criminal is much harsher than a good man), because he so wants to obtain trust from outside (not through an inner change of mind). If he believes he has found such a person, he gives himself up to him in the most complete slavery, and he searches in an importunate manner for people whom he could serve as a slave. He also wants to live as a slave so as never to be alone.“

„The decision must be made between Judaism and Christianity, between business and culture, between male and female, between the race and the individual, between unworhtiness and worth, between the earthly and the higher life, between negation and God-like. Mankind has the choice to make. There are only two poles, and there is no middle way.“ Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

„Woman is soulless and possesses neither ego nor individuality, personality nor freedom, character nor will.“ Sex & Character

„The decision must be made between Judaism and Christianity, between business and culture, between male and female, between the race and the individual, between unworthiness and worth, between the earthly and the higher life, between negation and the God-like. Mankind has the choice to make. There are only two poles, and there is no middle way.“ Sex and Character: An Investigation of Fundamental Principles

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