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    Georg Simmel(Author)

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  • PDF | 196 pages
  • Georg Simmel(Author)
  • Free Press; 1st Free Press Pbk. Ed edition (October 1, 1964)
  • English
  • 4
  • Business & Money

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  • By Lenore Schloming on December 9, 2012

    The author of this book, Georg Simmel, is fascinating. At least to me he is. It sometimes takes awhile to get what he's saying but when you get it, it's so worth it. Neat ideas. Fascinating ideas. I wrote a dissertation that was influenced greatly by Simmel

  • By arkady r. on September 24, 2015

    The book leaves very few traces in memory. To say it's not memorable would be false, but it does lack in clear shape, an overarching story where the pieces fit in. It lacks in what people call organization. There are several gems of insight scattered throughout the very many small essays that the book is composed of. However if you are looking for a flowing narrative - with a beginning, middle and end - that first introduces ideas, and then systematically builds on them, this book will fail you. The small essays are self contained and it's almost impossible to tease out a comprehensive system or theory, a network of ideas. As a result none of the gem-like insights is fully developed. What's most annoying is the abstract formalist approach of the author, by which he presents, not fully fleshed ideas, but shapes of ideas. He will have several concrete cases in mind but will only rarely tell you what they are. Instead he will tell you what they have in common, in general - their "Form". Nowhere does he actually explain what he means by "form", a word he uses quite often in different contexts. The same goes for the word "Object" and "objective". It helps to be generally familiar with the Kantian distinction between object and subject, which Simmel takes for granted. He hails from a place and time where Kant was their everything, the mother of intellectual labor. One leaves with the feeling that Simmel wanted us to learn from his book not the substantive theories but the general formalist approach: going to concrete cases and sucking out their life, their abstract form, playing around with it to one's satisfaction, then going to something else. In fact was he seems to be doing all the time is playing around with abstractions from facts. A certain elitist but childlike narcissism seeps through.

  • By Tanya on March 22, 2015

    A must read.

  • By Roger I. Roots on September 28, 2008

    This book is often recommended reading for doctoral students in fields such as Sociology. Having labored through it, however, I cannot recommend it. What few good points are found in Simmel's writing are hidden behind murky writing and badly organized prose.

  • By Situated Agent on March 4, 2009

    Georg Simmel is an influential German social theorist. He was especially respected within the 'Chicago School' that dominated American sociology during the first half of twentieth century. Often misunderstood, over time his contributions have become more widely recognized. This specific work strongly influenced Lewis Coser in his The Functions of Social Conflict. If you are interested in social theory, this title will well reward your investment of time.


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