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Georg Simmel's Aphorisms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)In: Theory, Culture and Society. Explorations in Critical Social Science, ISSN 0263-2764, E-ISSN 1460-3616, Vol. 27, no 1, 24-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article contains an analysis of Georg Simmel's aphorisms and an appendix with a number of these in translation. An account is given of the production, publication and reception of the around 300 aphorisms that Simmel produced. His close relationship to Gertrud Kantorowicz is discussed, since she was given the legal right to many of Simmel's aphorisms when he died and also assigned the task of publishing them by Simmel. The main themes in Simmel's aphorisms are presented: love, Man, philosophy, Lebensphilosophie and art. Two of Simmel's aphorisms are also given an extended analysis. It is suggested that the skill of writing a good aphorism, both when it comes to style and content, has much to do with what we call the art of compression . It is also suggested that what ultimately attracted Simmel to the form of aphorism was its capacity to hint at something that is richer than the reality we are currently experiencing.

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2010. Vol. 27, no 1, 24-51 p.
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aphorisms, Gertrud Kantorowicz, Lebensphilosophie, Georg Simmel, sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136950DOI: 10.1177/0263276409350362ISI: 000275232300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136950DiVA: diva2:377852
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-15Bibliographically approved

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