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Simmel, Georg
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(Mar 1, 1858, Berlin – Sep 26, 1918, Strasbourg), philosopher and sociologist. After lecturing in Berlin, he was appointed professor in Straßburg in 1914. His work fell into three phases. (1) From 1879 to 1900, Simmel was a positivist, adopting the biolo-gism of H. Spencer and leaning toward Pragmatism. From 1894 on he published essays on sociology. (2) His Philosophie des Geldes (1900; ET: The Philosophy of Money, 1978) added treatment of the theory of value; the revised edition of his Probleme der Geschichtsphilosophie (1905; ET: Problems of the Philosophy of Hi…

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Großheim, Michael, “Simmel, Georg”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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