My reply to Karin Lindqvist

‘… I think it’s fairly certain that he and other members of the family were genetically predisposed to a fairly severe form of Asperger’s syndrome,…’

Dr. Lindqvist thank you for your comment. Congratulations are in order: you intuit/diagnose, across time and space, the disorder of Asperger’s syndrome, not just for Mr. Wittgenstein, but for the other members of his family! Truly astounding exercise in what?

Your comment reminds me of the now very dead vogue of the Psycobiography, once practiced – I still have my copy of Robert Soucy’s ‘Fascist Intellectual: Drieu La Rochelle’, a model of this kind of ‘biography’ based on the purest speculation, using the psychoanalytic method confected by Sigmund Freud. The only provisos are that the ‘analysand‘ is no longer in the presence of the ‘psychoanalyst’, so the very ‘reciprocity‘ that is the cornerstone of the ‘psychoanalytic method’ is rendered null. Your attempt to diagnose Ludwig and family long distance has the staying power of the Psycobiography, with nothing like empirical evidence, or the liberal use of the Freudian incantations, to back up your wan attempt at publicly shaming me, for my breach of decorum: my attack of the ‘Aspies’. Call this appellation by its name, kitsch!

Please read the books I’ve mentioned in my comment. Ludwig was ‘boorish’ in his behavior towards others whom he thought of as ‘less than he’, which amounted to almost everyone i.e. sociopath. And had the Augustinian self-hatred of the ‘text book’ closeted gay male: internalized homophobia is the toxic product of ‘the closet’.



About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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