Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism, and Private LIfe

Coen, Deborah R. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

This book uses the story of an important intellectual family, the Exners, to shed light on the science, politics, intellectual thought, and culture of fin-de-siècle (end of century) Vienna. Coen focuses on the family’s value of uncertainty, contradicting the general assumption that certainty was considered the ultimate goal of knowledge in this society. She is also concerned with how family life influences intellectual life, particularly in the case of the Exners, although her observations also apply to Austrian modern society generally. The end result of this narrative is a comprehensive analysis of knowledge’s new social place in Austrian liberalism.

(My publication)Posted:Jan 01 2007, 12:00 AM by dcoen
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