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Georg Simmel and avant-garde sociology : the birth of modernity, 1880-1920

Author: Ralph Matthew Leck
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 2000.
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"Georg Simmel and Avant-Garde Sociology pioneers a new interpretation of Simmel as a thinker whose critical ideas were shaped by the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural movements of his era: Naturalism, Nietzscheanism, and feminism, respectively. Here, Simmel emerges as a public intellectual who had an enormous impact on German modernism. He is revealed as the intellectual godfather of major cultural and  Read more...
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Leck, Ralph Matthew, 1961-
Georg Simmel and avant-garde sociology.
Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, 2000
(OCoLC)647332620
Named Person: Georg Simmel; Georg Simmel; Georg Simmel; Georg Simmel, Philosoph.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Matthew Leck
ISBN: 1573928674 9781573928670
OCLC Number: 44270406
Description: 356 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Simmel's Legacy 13 --
Modernity and Modernism: A Metacultural Context 14 --
Between Nietzsche and Marx 16 --
Historiographical Context: Profiles of Simmel 18 --
1. Avant-Garde Origins of Sociology: Simmel's Unity of Extremes, 1880-1900 23 --
Simmel and the Countercultural Cosmos of the Late Nineteenth Century 24 --
Family as Cultural Capital 28 --
Berlin as Cultural Capital 32 --
Realism: The Revolutionary Avant-Garde and Bohemian Counterculture 38 --
Naturalism in Berlin: Unrestrained and Unbridled 41 --
Simmel and Unbridled Women 46 --
Ethics as a First Philosophy 49 --
Generation of 1890: Naturalism and Socialism 51 --
2. Philosophical Sociology: Nietzsche, Compassion, And the Capitalist Soul 63 --
Lebensphilosophie as a Sociology of the Soul: Dilthey and Simmel 64 --
Countercultural Difference: Lebensphilosophie as Nietzschean Socialism 69 --
Academia and the Politics of Nonconformity 79 --
Third Way: Kant, Nietzsche, and Simmel's Contemporaries 84 --
Philosophy of Money (1900) 90 --
An Aporetic Sociologist against the Capitalist Soul 98 --
Sociology: Examinations of the Forms of Socialization (1908)--Compassion and Domination 110 --
Philosophical Sociology and Nietzschean Socialism 119 --
3. An Avant-Garde Sociology of Women: Simmel, Marie Luise Enckendorff, and Marianne Weber 131 --
Female Principle: Simmel as Sexual Avant-Gardist 134 --
A New Feminine Continent of Culture 142 --
Marie Luise Enkendorff, Stefan George, and the Ethics of Marriage 146 --
Marianne Weber: Liberal versus Avant-Garde Feminism 156 --
From the Fight for Feminine Culture to International War 161 --
4. A Great War of Spiritual Decisions: Simmel and the Ideas of 1914 167 --
Historiographical Precis 169 --
A War of Spiritual Decisions: The Culture of Mobilization 175 --
War as an Absolute Situation 179 --
Stage One: A War against Mammonism 181 --
Stage Two: Americanization and Doubt 185 --
War of Nietzsche: The Prowar Philosophies of Simmel and Mann 191 --
Stage Three: The Search for a Postwar World 197 --
5. Supersession of Simmelian Thought: Expressionism, Radical Feminism, and the International of Spiritual Workers 207 --
Radical Pedagogue and Teacher of the Artist 210 --
Kurt Hiller and the Origins of Literary Expressionism 212 --
Simmelian Provenance of Literary Expressionism 220 --
Master is Dead: The Homosexual Rights Movement 226 --
Helene Stocker: Beyond Simmelian Feminism 231 --
Titans of the Sexual Avant-Garde: Hiller, Stocker, Hirschfeld 238 --
Antiwar Aktivismus and the International of Spirit 240 --
Expressionist Origins and Cultural Fate of Aktivismus 245 --
Simmel and Cultural Reciprocity 249 --
Politics of Love 252 --
New Avant-Garde 253 --
6. Tropes of the Communist Soul: Bloch, Lukacs, and the Simmel Circle 267 --
Tropes and the Culture of War 268 --
Judaism and the Simmel Circle 272 --
Jewish Embourgeoisment 273 --
Bloch and Lukacs 276 --
Meaning of Cultural Aristocracy 277 --
A Sociological Science of the Soul 279 --
Lukacs, Bloch, and the Simmelian Soul 284 --
Passionate Protest and Negative Freedom 291 --
Bloch, Lukacs, and the Ethics of War 293 --
From Aesthetic Avant-Garde to Cultural Vanguard 296 --
Simmel's Tragic Legacy 298 --
Lukacs: Beyond the Simmelian Soul 301 --
Simmel's Divergent Legacies 303 --
Paradise or Apocalypse? 304 --
Bloch, Lukacs, and the Hegel Debate 307 --
Love, Death, and Apocalyptic Communism 309 --
Simmel's Legacy in Western Marxism 312 --
7. Conclusion: Simmel's Afterlife: A Legacy Like Cash 327.
Responsibility: Ralph M. Leck.

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"Georg Simmel and Avant-Garde Sociology pioneers a new interpretation of Simmel as a thinker whose critical ideas were shaped by the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural movements of his era: Naturalism, Nietzscheanism, and feminism, respectively. Here, Simmel emerges as a public intellectual who had an enormous impact on German modernism. He is revealed as the intellectual godfather of major cultural and political crusades, including literary Expressionism and the antiwar movement known as Activism. Author Ralph M. Leck also examines Simmel's seminal influence on the feminist and homosexual rights movements, as well as his meaningful contribution to Western Marxism. Leck's groundbreaking research shows Simmel for the first time as a key figure in the intellectual history of European counterculture, vividly demonstrating why Simmel is to sociology what Newton is to physics." "This is the first study to investigate systematically the breadth of Simmel's body of work and his cultural legacy. Simmel's wide-ranging social theories - dealing with such themes as alienation, money culture, social hierarchy, and social trends - are still relevant to current debates and theories about gender, sociology, culture, and politics. Georg Simmel and Avant-Garde Sociology will appeal to both students and scholars who are concerned with the origins and aesthetics of modernity."--Jacket.

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