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The Routledge International Handbook of Simmel Studies

Edited By

Gregor Fitzi

ISBN 9780367277239
Published October 13, 2020 by Routledge
420 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge International Handbook of Simmel Studies documents the richness, variety, and creativity of contemporary international research on Georg Simmel’s work. Starting with the established role of Simmel as a classical author of sociology, and including the growing interest in his work in the domain of philosophy, this volume explores the research on Simmel in several further disciplines including art, social aesthetics, literature, theatre, essayism, and critical theory, as well as in the debates on cosmopolitanism, economic pathologies of life, freedom, modernity, religion, and nationalism. Bringing together contributions from leading specialists in research on Simmel, the book is thematically arranged in order to highlight the relevance of his oeuvre for different fields of recent research, with a further section tracing the most important paths that Simmel’s reception has taken in the world. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities, and to sociologists, philosophers, and social theorists in particular, with interest in Simmel’s thought.

Table of Contents

General introduction

Gregor Fitzi

PART I: Biography

1. Simmel’s life: an unexplored continent

Gregor Fitzi

PART II: Sociology

2. Simmel’s resonance with contemporary sociological debates

Olli Pyyhtinen

3. Relations, forms, and the representation of the social life: Georg Simmel and the challenge of relational sociology as Lebenssoziologie

Davide Ruggieri

4. Boundaries as relations: Georg Simmel’s relational theory of boundaries

Natàlia Cantó-Milà

5. The actuality of a sociological research programme

Gregor Fitzi

PART III: Philosophy

6. Relativism: a theoretical and practical philosophical programme

Matthieu Amat

7. The art of complicating things

Denis Thouard

8. Georg Simmel, Hans Blumenberg, and philosophical anthropology

Andrea Borsari

9. Simmel’s ‘late life metaphysics’

Gregor Fitzi

PART IV: Art and aesthetics

10. Art and knowledge in Simmel’s thought and writing style

Claudia Portioli

11. Social aesthetics

Barbara Carnevali and Andrea Pinotti

12. Philosophy of art

Ingo Meyer

13. Framing, painting, seeing: Simmel’s Rembrandt and the sense of modernity

Thomas Kemple

PART V: Literature and theatre

14. Literary practice and immanent literary theory

Monika Tokarzewska

15. The Goethean heritage in Simmel’s work

Paola Giacomoni

16. Simmel: the actor and his roles

François Thomas

PART VI: Essayism and critical theory

17. Georg Simmel and the ‘newspaper sociology’ of the 1920s and 1930s

Barbara Thériault

18. Georg Simmel and critical theory

Vincenzo Mele

PART VII: Topics of debate

19. Freedom: an open debate

Monica Martinelli

20. Georg Simmel’s theory of religion

Volkhard Krech

21. Georg Simmel: war, nation, and Europe

Patrick Watier

22. Simmel’s cosmopolitanism

Austin Harrington

23. Economic pathologies of life

Arthur Bueno

PART VIII: Lines of reception

24. Simmel’s American legacy revisited

Milos Brocic and Daniel Silver

25. Goffman, Schutz, and the ‘secret of the other’: on the American sociological reception of Simmel’s ‘das Geheimnis des Anderen

Gary D. Jaworski

26. Traces of Simmel in Latin America: modernity, nation, and memory

Esteban Vernik

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Gregor Fitzi is President of the Simmel Gesellschaft. He is the author of The Challenge of Modernity: Simmel’s Sociological Theory and the co-editor of the three-volume set Populism and the Crisis of Democracy. He is editor of the journal Simmel Studies.