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Chapter 6: Equality Versus Liberty: Competition and Money

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Equality Versus Liberty: Competition and Money
Equality versus liberty: Competition and money
Competition as an Indirect Form of Fighting

When Simmel writes about family life, his statements should be seen in the context of society and of sociology as the new discipline designed to study society: Marriage and the family, gender relations, and human sexuality must be investigated to understand society better. The same is true when he writes about competition and money. What do these phenomena mean, how do they work in the larger context of society, and how do they contribute to social development?

Competition is, to Simmel, a civilized form of conflict. He discusses that topic against the background of how types of human conflict evolve. Under less-developed conditions, conflict is closer to fighting, with ...

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