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Sociology as One of the Humanities
Sociology as one of the humanities
Is Sociology a “Science”?

Simmel did his research, teaching, and publishing in Germany at a time when that country was undergoing rapid development from a traditionalist agrarian region to a modern industrial nation. Industry as the production of large numbers of identical items at a conveyor belt in big cities was seen then as the successful application of the natural sciences in modern technology. The sciences, therefore, were popular because putting research results into practice appeared to guarantee increasingly higher standards of living.

In his lecture on the metropolis, Simmel (1903a) saw a connection between thinking in the categories of the natural sciences and dealing with money in the economy:

Modern mind has become more and more ...

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