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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415610117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415610117
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`We should all be grateful for this translation. It must have been extremely hard work, but it shows no trace of it. Indeed, it positively sparkles.' - Alan Ryan, The Guardian


'Its greatness...lies in ceaseless and varied use of the money form to unearth and conceptually reveal incommensurabilities of all kinds, in social reality fully as much as in thought itself.' - Fredric Jameson

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Georg Simmel (1858-1918) was born in Berlin, the youngest of seven children. He studied philosophy and history at the University of Berlin and was one of the first generation of great German sociologists that included Max Weber.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucazest on 30 Dec. 2011
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Someone would expect a readable sermon against money or some antimaterialistic/utilitarian
crusade.No.This is a complex technical book whose difficulty is only tempered by the evocative cover. Nothing about masonry, plots, "The Elders of Sion" and stuff like that.
This is real, diffucult philosophy of money: I don't say it because i want to appear particularly intelligent, it's a hard reading, I' ll need to read it several times.
The editor of this book is clever, I think he got something very good with no property rights, embellished it with a fascinating image and launched it on the market even for unattentive purchasers looking for something fashionable.
Don' t buy it if you want a clear essay about money!!!!!!!
Buy it if you want to approach the subtle meaning of money and possibly read Carl Schmitt's "Tyranny of Values": it's incredible, those who are against the evils of money
worship the worse antichrist on this earth...... the "VALUES" that are to be considered the metaphisic version of money.
Look for difficult deep stuff to read...!!!!!!
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for those of us who love topic sentences 4 Jan. 2009
By G. Morris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was privileged to read this just after it was translated and found it to be even more insight-filled than the other Simmel i had found and loved. His style of laying out like rails concept after concept and not needing to tell stories fits my way of thinking... Jesus taught the crowds and his antagonists with parables; he taught the Twelve by giving them the abstract principles underlying...if you learn in that manner, Simmel is a treat, and i may be biased, but Simmel to me is just so much more right, so much closer to explaining what we have seen in the last hundred years than Marx... I would lay this book down next to Adam Smith for a more enlightening experience...

If you ever have wondered how money is the distillate of all that can be acquired or produced which can truly be called "human", this is the best book i know that explains that relationship.
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Philosophie des Geldes 18 Nov. 2010
By Jake Le Master - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Simmel's famous Philosophy of Money is, for a large and purely philosophical work, a respectable achievement.

The first part develops money as a symbol of depersonalization and relativity, whereby men and things are reduced to the same level of relative "things." It further shows the decrease of substantial meaning in money and the increase of pure function, and points out the limits of pure functionalism. The same idea under a different angle shows how the means-to-an-end character of money is gradually replaced by its becoming a (seeming) end in itself. The second part shows the social and cultural changes that take place with the evolution of the idea of money and are linked up with the progress of a scientific rationalism; the tension between personal and aristocratic and hierarchic forms of life and the democratic individualistic relativistic and standard-less forms of a society where money has replaced all other values. Mammonism as a religion and a style of life is described.

The book is one of the fundamental works concerning the philosophy of our civilization. No one who wants to understand what has happened to us can afford to miss acquaintance with its ideas. And besides the great and basic outlines the reader will find an inexhaustible wealth of fine and striking psychological observations.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another Routledge Rip-off 25 Jan. 2015
By Dr C. R. WRIGHT - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yet another piece of outrageous profiteering by Routledge in the republication of old texts. Deliciously ironic, really, given the book's content.

I advise people not to buy this book but instead, to write to Routledge and exhort them to revise their pricing policy.
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