Otto Weininger

1880 - 1903

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Otto Weininger (German: [ˈvaɪnɪŋɐ]; 3 April 1880 – 4 October 1903) was an Austrian philosopher who lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1903, he published the book Geschlecht und Charakter (Sex and Character), which gained popularity after his suicide at the age of 23. Parts of his work were adapted for use by the Nazi regime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Weininger has received more than 534,088 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Otto Weininger is the 298th most popular philosopher (down from 262nd in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from Austria (down from 145th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Otto Weininger is most famous for his book "Sex and Character" which was published in 1903. He argues that there are two sexes, masculine and feminine, and that the masculine sex is superior to the feminine.

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Among philosophers, Otto Weininger ranks 298 out of 1,267Before him are Roscellinus, Alain Badiou, Thomas Carlyle, Arnaldus de Villa Nova, Alexander of Aphrodisias, and James Ussher. After him are Franz Brentano, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Ramana Maharshi, Sebastian Brant, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, and Abu Yusuf.

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Among people born in 1880, Otto Weininger ranks 23Before him are Werner von Fritsch, Premchand, Wilhelm List, Elton Mayo, Paul Ehrenfest, and Max Wertheimer. After him are H. L. Mencken, Vajiravudh, Bruno Taut, Alexander Blok, Kuniaki Koiso, and Vojtech Tuka. Among people deceased in 1903, Otto Weininger ranks 11Before him are Camille Pissarro, Alois Hitler, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Alexander I of Serbia, and Josiah Willard Gibbs. After him are Hugo Wolf, Gotse Delchev, Gemma Galgani, Vasily Dokuchaev, Calamity Jane, and Draga Mašin.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Otto Weininger ranks 159 out of 1,424Before him are Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (1529), Georg Joachim Rheticus (1514), Hans Selye (1907), Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (1842), Leopold V, Duke of Austria (1157), and Angela Hitler (1883). After him are Rudolf I of Bohemia (1281), Aribert Heim (1914), Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1906), Albert III, Duke of Austria (1349), Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este (1754), and Róbert Bárány (1876).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Otto Weininger ranks 7Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Martin Buber (1878), Josef Breuer (1842), Paul Feyerabend (1924), and Ivan Illich (1926). After him are Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), André Gorz (1923), Jean Améry (1912), and Kazimierz Twardowski (1866).