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Black ViennaThe Radical Right in the Red City, 1918-1938$
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Janek Wasserman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452871

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452871.001.0001

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The Verein Ernst Mach and the Politicization of Viennese Progressive Thought

The Verein Ernst Mach and the Politicization of Viennese Progressive Thought

(p.106) Chapter 4 The Verein Ernst Mach and the Politicization of Viennese Progressive Thought
Black Vienna

Janek Wasserman

Cornell University Press

One of the groups that challenged the Spannkreis was the Vienna Circle of logical empiricists. This chapter examines the social activities of members of the Verein Ernst Mach (Ernst Mach Society), the public arm of the circle. It contests the claim of Moritz Schlick, one of the group's founders, that the society was “absolutely unpolitical” by showing how its members engaged in social and political struggles in adult education and welfare centers and intellectual societies. The group brought together people from radical, antiestablishment organizations committed to the defeat of the hegemonic “metaphysical and theologizing leanings” of Black Vienna. The involvements of its members demonstrate that progressive science and philosophy had politicized and radicalized by the late 1920s in reaction to the continued conservative predominance in the academy and state.

Keywords:   Verein Ernst Mach, Ernst Mach Society, Moritz Schlic, interwar Vienna, Black Vienna, logical empiricists

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