Georg Simmel

Georg Simmel (gā´ôrk zĬm´əl), 1858–1918, German philosopher and sociologist. At the universities of Berlin and Strasbourg he was an influential lecturer. Basing his social philosophy on a broad historical foundation, he did much to establish German sociology as an independent discipline. His chief works are Soziologie (1908) and Lebensanschauung [philosophy of life] (1918).

See his On Individuality and Social Forms: Selected Writings, ed. and with an introd. by D. N. Levine (1971); biography by D. Frisby (1984); essays by and about Simmel, edited by K. H. Wolff (1965); studies by N. J. Spykman (1925, repr. 1964), L. A. Coser (1965), and D. Frisby (1981).

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Georg Simmel: Selected full-text books and articles

Georg Simmel By David Frisby Routledge, 2002 (Revised edition)
Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel By Rudolph H. Weingartner Wesleyan University Press, 1962
The Social Theory of Georg Simmel By Nicholas J. Spykman University of Chicago Press, 1925
Studies in Intellectual Breakthrough: Freud, Simmel, Buber By Charles David Axelrod University of Massachusetts Press, 1979
Communication and Social Order By Hugh Dalziel Duncan Bedminster Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Georg Simmel's Search for an Autonomous Form of Sociability"
The Development of Sociology By Floyd Nelson House McGraw-Hill, 1936
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXXIV "The 'Formal Sociology' of Simmel and Von Wiese"
Sociological Theory: Present-Day Sociology from the Past By Edgar F. Borgatta; Henry J. Meyer Alfred A. Knopf, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Includes multiple articles by Georg Simmel
From Ghetto to Emancipation: Historical and Contemporary Reconsiderations of the Jewish Community By David N. Myers; William V. Rowe University of Scranton Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel and the Crisis of Culture" begins on p. 38
Being Urban: A Sociology of City Life By David A. Karp; Gregory P. Stone; William C. Yoels Praeger, 1991 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel: The Metropolis and Mental Life" begins on p. 22
American Social Psychology: Its Origins, Development, and European Background By Fay Berger Karpf McGraw-Hill, 1932
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel (1858-1918) and More Recent Developments" begins on p. 75
Four Sociological Traditions By Randall Collins Oxford University Press, 1994 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Simmel, Coser, and Functionalist Conflict Theory" begins on p. 112
Beyond Ethnocentrism: A Reconstruction of Marx's Concept of Science By Charles McKelvey Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel" begins on p. 11
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