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Robert Musil on stupidity

A recent freely available article by sociologist Bo Isenberg entitled “A modern calamity – Robert Musil on stupidity” in Journal of Classical Sociology. This voluntary subordination might be dispassionate or fanatical and relates to not only collective ideologies, nationalism and totalitarianism but also excessive rationalism. To Musil, nationalism and totalitarianism are manifestations of the most treacherous forms…

Robert Musil’s Flypaper

Looking forward to reading this little book I’ve just acquired: Nachlass zu Lebzeiten (The posthumerous papers of a living author), 1936. I haven’t come across much commentary on it, but it is mentioned in the NYT: In these ”Posthumous Papers,” Musil’s pleasure is to start small. The first essay, ”Flypaper,” begins with an almost pedantic description…

Robert Musil and Nietzsche

The article examines several references to Friedrich Nietzsche made by Robert Musil in his non-fictional writings. An indication of Nietzsche’s significance for Musil is given by the fact that only one name occurs more often than Nietzsche’s in the collected works of Musil, where references to the philosopher span a period of more than forty…

Susanne Klingenstein discusses Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities”

Here’s a very clear explication of the genesis of The Man Without Qualities along with an exploration of some of the central themes with some biographical detail. If ever there was a novel that’s appropriate for the prevailing fragmented times, it is this one. Der Mann ohne Eigenschaftenexistentialisml’homme sans qualitéMan Without Qualitiesphilosophical literatureRobert MusilSusanne Klingenstein