SOCIOL 2S06 Lecture Notes - German Sociological Association, Georg Simmel, Market Economy

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School
McMaster University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2S06
Professor
Micro Teory 1: Gerg Simmel
A biographical Sketch of Simmel
A. Early Years
Born in berlin in 1858
Born into a jewish family
Jewish heritage has a significant on his career
Born in center of berlin and grew up around the vibrant busy berlin and developed and
got attatch to the city (more attatched to city than family)
Had strained relationships with family
Father not much influence on simmel
Mother disliked her, not a close relationship, very strained
Has 6 older brothers and sisters (youngest in fam) but wanted little contact lil contact
with them (didn’t care much about them)
B. Marriage
When he grow up, he married a young and well educated painter and was very
interested in the arts
Gertrude Kinel married in 1890
Has a son named Hans
During the course of his marriage simmel did end up having an affair met another
women who was into arts and was a poet art critique, writer out of this affair he had a
daughter
He never wanted to see his daughter and never did kept that part of like separate
Gertrude knew about the affair and daughter but she stayed with him
C. Education
Attended the uni of berlin
Did his undergrad and graduate work at uni of berlin
His area of study was philosophy
Simmel developed an interest in topics like art and music while working on phd
dissertation which was on psychology of music (which does not fit into conventional
philosophy)
The supervising committee rejected his dissertation and then simmel went back to do
more conventional writing
D. Employment
After he finished his phd (in1881) he was looking for a job
He was interested in a career as a professor particularly at the uni of berlin
1. Attempted to secure a position at the uni of berlin
Officials has concerns and were not interested in hiring him because of
two particular concerns:
(1) non-conformity not very conventional
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Wanted to study other things like art and culture, and was starting to
get interested in sociology neither were conventional philosophical
areas
(2) anti-semitism there were no formal laws that prohibited the hiring
of jews, but due to prejudice and discrimination universities placed
limits on the placement and the advancement of jews
Due to these reasons his application as a professor at the uni of berlin
was rejected
2. Securing a position at the uni of berlin
1885 given a position as a lecturer at the uni of berlin (which is a step
down from being a professor)
This came without as annual salary
The income of lecturers depended on the fees paid by students who
attended the lectures
3. Career at the uni of berlin
Simmel remained a lecturer at the uni of berlin until 1900
(1) simmel had considerable success at teaching that is because he
was an extremely popular lecturer
His lectures became public events that were attended by berlins
intellectuals, politicians in berlin and artists
(2) simmel had considerable success at publishing
Simmel had published 6 books and 70 articles (all scholarly)
On top of that he gained a world wide reputation and people in other
parts were reading his work his work was translated into other
languages
Despite all this he was still slited by officials at the uni of berlin but they
couldn’t completely ignore how successful he had been
This ended up giving him a promotion to professor in 1901 it was an
honorary promotion as it did not come with the salary, status or power
of an actual professor should
4. Failure to get a position at the uni of Heidelberg (Germany) applied there in
1909 for the position of a professor
He got strong reference letters one of them was written by Max
Weber
Simmel also had strong reference letters from other famous scholars of
the time
But he failed yet again
Why? because of his 2 problems as stated earlier
This had a negative impact on simmels interest in sociology
1909- 1914 - he wrote little on sociology
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A biographical sketch of simmel: early years. Born in center of berlin and grew up around the vibrant busy berlin and developed and. Jewish heritage has a significant on his career got attatch to the city (more attatched to city than family) Father not much influence on simmel. Mother disliked her, not a close relationship, very strained. Has 6 older brothers and sisters (youngest in fam) but wanted little contact lil contact with them (didn"t care much about them: marriage. When he grow up, he married a young and well educated painter and was very interested in the arts. During the course of his marriage simmel did end up having an affair met another women who was into arts and was a poet art critique, writer out of this affair he had a daughter. He never wanted to see his daughter and never did kept that part of like separate.

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