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Georg Simmel: The Man and His Work
Georg Simmel: The man and his work
Personal Background

Georg Simmel was a much sought-after public speaker and very well-liked college teacher. Some senior colleagues were jealous of him because of his popularity among students as a fascinating lecturer. Some of his most notable texts (on the metropolis, on competition, on money, on conflict in modern culture) were originally delivered as public addresses before a nonacademic audience. After sociology had already established itself as a positivist physics of the social, as defined by its early founder Auguste Comte in France, and after in Germany Wilhelm Dilthey had spelled out why the Comtian type of sociology was, to him, a dead-end alley of scholarship, Simmel reinvented sociology within the domain of ...

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