Sharing with his contemporaries a concern about the ambivalent impact of change in culture and society, Georg Simmel tried to understand the complexities of industrialized and modernized social life. He confronted such problems as inequality, social order, social control, deviance, the social self, rationality, and reflexivity, and he was interested in a new and wider approach to alienation. In this context, he also encouraged a developmental approach to ethics. Simmel devoted his work to the problems of
- Devising, experimenting with, and applying a method for the study of cultural change;
- Exploring the scope of human creativity as dealing with degrees of freedom in society; and
- Delineating the limits of freedom and establishing reasonable rules for ...