Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel

Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel

Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel

Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel

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Georg Simmel was born in Berlin on March 1, 1858. He received the elementary and secondary education usual for one destined for university studies. At the age of eighteen Simmel completed his Gymnasium career with the Abitur (leaving certificate) and, in the summer of that year (1876) he began his studies at the University of Berlin. It had long been the custom for students to wander from one to another of the German universities, attending the lectures of various outstanding professors before finally applying to the faculty of a particular university for the doctoral examination and approval of a dissertation. Simmel did not follow this common practice but remained at Berlin throughout his student career. With him, youthful wanderlust took an intellectual form: he studied several subjects before becoming a candidate for the degree in philosophy.

Beginning with history, Simmel studied under Theodor Mommsen and Heinrich von Treitschke, among others. He then ventured into Völkerpsychologie as that amalgam of psychology and anthropology was represented by Adolf Bastian and Moritz Lazarus, the latter having also been Dilthey's teacher many years earlier. Through his interest in art, Simmel was attracted to Herman Grimm who lectured on the history of art. When at last he came to philosophy, his teachers were Eduard Zeller and Friedrich Harms. For . . .

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