By Thomas Sebastian
Because the utopian projection of an international during which the conditional temper is most popular to the indicative, Robert Musil's formidable novel the guy with no characteristics is well known as an outstanding instance of aesthetic modernism and a profound mirrored image at the ''postmodern condition.'' in keeping with the recent and extra inclusive English translation by means of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike, this examine presents the English-speaking reader with a well-researched statement that situates Musil's novel within the cultural, literary, and medical context of the early twentieth century. Revealing the novel's many philosophical underpinnings, the learn analyzes the intersection of theoretical mirrored image and aesthetic mind's eye necessary to Musil's programmatic circulate past realism. Thomas Sebastian explores Musil's history in experimental psychology, which he studied lower than the pioneering psychologist Carl Stumpf, and the way it and different traces of medical proposal, together with that of Ernst Mach, on whose philosophical rules Musil wrote his doctoral thesis, are mirrored in his nice novel.
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1986. Based on 5th edition, 1943), 195 and 197. However, Musil also reports that the examiner “switched to the natural sciences, which he in no time brought into accord with space and time as forms of intuition” (B I, 52). 8 This note was probably written before the open controversy in 1908 between Max Planck and Mach. Cf. Manfred Sommer, Evidenz im Augenblick (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1987), 279. Planck objected to Mach’s implicit relativism and maintained that physicists construct a universal and ultimately realistic Weltbild (world picture) by way of mathematical equations.
Ernst Mach, certainly, still believed that even the use of higher mathematical equations was nothing but an empirically acquired habit: “No one will dispute me when I say that the most elementary as well as the highest mathematics are economically-ordered experiences of counting. . ” Ernst Mach, Popular Scientific Lectures, trans. by T. J. , 1986. Based on 5th edition, 1943), 195 and 197. However, Musil also reports that the examiner “switched to the natural sciences, which he in no time brought into accord with space and time as forms of intuition” (B I, 52).
The ultimate parts which we can conceptually discriminate become the absolute atoms out of which the being of the psychical is constituted. But this being remains ambiguous in spite of everything. Properties and characteristics constantly appear in it, that cannot be explained and deduced from the mere summation of the particular parts. Ernst Cassirer, Substance and Function, trans. William Curtis Swabey and Marie Collins Swabey (New York: Dover, 1953), 332. 4 In the preface to Gefühl und Gefühlsempfindung (1928), Stumpf claims that something called “unformuliertes Denken” (not-yet articulated thinking, xiv) occurs at the beginning as well as at the end of discursive thinking.
The Intersection of Science and Literature in Musil's The Man without Qualities by Thomas Sebastian