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Simmel on Global Society

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In the foreword to his Sociology, Simmel suggests a way of reading his book. He wants to "give the swinging concept of sociology one univocal content". Simmel expresses a deep concern: Sociology is not a treatise, thus the reader might consider "the entirely fragmented and incomplete nature of the book" whose chapters "have been conceived as examples". Accordingly, Simmel describes his sociological paradigm in the first chapter, and he provides examples of how sociology could best be applied. The first step in Simmel's strategy is to claim a new analytical perspective compared to other sciences of society. The second strategic step is a more traditional one, which belongs to Western culture: The interaction has to be conceived as form and content. Indirectly, Simmel proposes a third way which particularizes his sociological analysis from hard sciences which have to discover "laws" of eternal validity, and from interpretative sciences analysing historical processes.

Keywords: Simmel's strategy; sociology; Western culture



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