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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Georg Simmel: Selected full-text books and articles

Georg Simmel
David Frisby.
Routledge, 2002 (Revised edition)
Experience and Culture: The Philosophy of Georg Simmel
Rudolph H. Weingartner.
Wesleyan University Press, 1962
Georg Simmel, 1858-1918: A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography
Kurt H. Wolff.
Ohio State University Press, 1959
The Social Theory of Georg Simmel
Nicholas J. Spykman.
University of Chicago Press, 1925
Studies in Intellectual Breakthrough: Freud, Simmel, Buber
Charles David Axelrod.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1979
Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction
Ben Highmore.
Routledge, 2002
Communication and Social Order
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
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
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
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
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
Fay Berger Karpf.
McGraw-Hill, 1932
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel (1858-1918) and More Recent Developments" begins on p. 75
Four Sociological Traditions
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
Charles McKelvey.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Georg Simmel" begins on p. 11
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