1 Sep Book digitized by Google from the library of the New York Public Library and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Nordau, Max. Entartung. [Degeneracy]. Ed. by Tebben, Karin Together with Nietzsche, Nordau is one of the most influential thought leaders of a tradition that, . 9 Feb Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 5 by Max Simon Nordau. Degeneration by Max Simon Nordau. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec.

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Every man is born with certain rights; the Jews are human beings, consequently the Jews are born to own the rights of man. He argues that excessive modernization leads to a return of the irrational, including renewed interest in magic.

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History of Western Philosophy. Nordau was central to the Zionist Congresses which played such a vital part in entartnug what Zionism would become. He worked as a journalist for small newspapers in Budapest, before heading to Berlin inand changing his name.

Inhis remains were moved to Tel Aviv.

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Judaism remained a mere memory and since then I have always felt as a German and as a German only. The rapid industrialisation and the accompanying urbanisation were breaking down many of the traditional structures of society.

The Psychologizing of Modernity: Nordau, in comparison, seemed very much a creature of the late nineteenth century. Nordau’s views were in many ways more like those of an eighteenth century thinker, a belief in ReasonProgress, and more traditional, classical rules governing art and literature.

The book deals with numerous case studies of various artists, writers and thinkers Oscar WildeHenrik IbsenRichard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche to name maz fewbut its basic premise remains that society and human beings themselves are degenerating, and this degeneration norrau both reflected in and influenced by art.


One of the central tenets of Nordau’s beliefs was evolution, in all things, and entaartung concluded that Emancipation was not born out of evolution. The irrationalism and amorality of philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and the flagrant anti-Semitism of Richard Wagner were seen as proof to Nordau that society was in danger of returning to an era before the Enlightenment.

Each one wishes to create a strong nervous excitement, no matter whether agreeably or disagreeably.

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Contents 1 Biography 2 Degeneration theory 2. French rationalism of the eighteenth century, based on pure logic, demanded that all men be treated equally. Nordau did not coin the expression or the idea of Entartungwhich had been steadily growing in entartunt in German speaking countries during the 19th century.

That was given legitimacy by the branch of medicine called psycho-physiognomy. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Articles that may contain original research from November All articles that may contain original research Articles with multiple maintenance issues Books with missing cover All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Lombroso claimed that the modern criminal was the savage throwback of “degeneration”.

History of “Max Nordau” Note: The Nazis took up these eugenic efforts as well, including extermination, for those who would corrupt future generations. Lombroso was convinced he had found the enfartung to degeneration that had concerned liberal circles.

Although Nordau’s work certainly reflects a reactionary strain of European thought, he also condemns the rising anti-Semitism of the late 19th century as a product of degeneration. This article needs additional citations for verification.

This rejection of the accepted idea of Emancipation was not based entirely on the Dreyfus Affair. In the end, the pseudo-scientific basis of the theory of degeneration collapsed, and with it, so did Nordau’s theory.


Herzl obviously took center stage, making the first speech at the Congress; Nordau followed him with an assessment of the Jewish condition in Europe.

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Max Nordau – – Etnartung Monist 4: From Wikipedia, the free ejtartung. His family were religious Orthodox Jews and he attended a Jewish elementary school, then a Catholic grammar school, before achieving a medical degree. Nordau divides his study into five books. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was the first to define “degeneration” as a theory of nature. It was Nordau, convinced that Zionism had to at least appear democratic, despite the impossibility of representing all Jewish groups, who persuaded Herzl of the need for an assembly.

He uses examples from French periodicals and books in French to show how it has affected all elements of society. Although not his most popular or successful work while he was alive, the book most often remembered and cited today is Degeneration. Max Nordau – – International Journal of Ethics 7 2: The rise of Modernismthe popularity of very different thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzschethe huge technological changes and the devastation of the First World Warchanged European society enormously.

The idea of degeneration had significant influence on science, art and politics from the s to the s. Genie und Entartung, eine psychologische Studie.