- Amazon Students Members Get an Extra 10% Off Selected Books Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
The Philosophy of Money (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 4 Apr 2011
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
`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.'
`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
About the Author
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.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top Customer Reviews
Everyone that is apart from Simmel - what he focuses upon is how the money economy has shaped us as individuals - establishing our character structures and inter personal relations.
The first dense chapter then began to take shape. He is looking at how we create desire and as such - in you have a couple of days to spare - then if you are in the psychology of marketing - then this will reap rewards. Simmel looks at how desire and aesthetics for example is created - due to distance and being kept away from the object - I think here of course Simmel is talking about consuming a woman as an object - but could be wrong. At some point he starts talking about the price of iron and its scarcity but then starts again on beauty and aesthetics. Now iron may be many things but not beautiful.
Simmel is trying to look at how desire is invoked and how it becomes narrow focused and tamed. And here within the density of the prose something does begin to emerge and make the reader ponder on the depth of what he is trying to say. Another component however is that social groupings drawing from Asch for example promote specific beliefs and Simmel does not look at either advertising or group mind- sets which is potentially a big omission. The insight is gained primarily from the individual reflection.Read more ›
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...!!!!!!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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.
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.