The View Of Life: Four Metaphysical Essays With Journal Aphorisms

Paperback | July 3, 2015

byGeorg SimmelTranslated byJohn A. Y. Andrews, Donald N. Levine

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Published in 1918, The View of Life is Georg Simmel’s final work. Famously deemed “the brightest man in Europe” by George Santayana, Simmel addressed diverse topics across his essayistic writings, which influenced scholars in aesthetics, epistemology, and sociology. Nevertheless, certain core issues emerged over the course of his career—the genesis, structure, and transcendence of social and cultural forms, and the nature and conditions of authentic individuality, including the role of mindfulness regarding mortality. Composed not long before his death, The View of Life was, Simmel wrote, his “testament,” a capstone work of profound metaphysical inquiry intended to formulate his conception of life in its entirety.
Now Anglophone readers can at last read in full the work that shaped the argument of Heidegger’s Being and Time and whose extraordinary impact on European intellectual life between the wars was extolled by Jürgen Habermas. Presented alongside these seminal essays are aphoristic fragments from Simmel’s last journal, providing a beguiling look into the mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.

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Published in 1918, The View of Life is Georg Simmel’s final work. Famously deemed “the brightest man in Europe” by George Santayana, Simmel addressed diverse topics across his essayistic writings, which influenced scholars in aesthetics, epistemology, and sociology. Nevertheless, certain core issues emerged over the course of his ...

Georg Simmel (1858–1918) taught at the University of Berlin and, later, at the University of Strasbourg. His many books include The Philosophy of Money, On Social Differentiation, and Rembrandt: An Essay in the Philosophy of Art. John A. Y. Andrews is consultant to the Rhode Island Medicaid program. Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Rit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 3, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022627330X

ISBN - 13:9780226273303

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Note on the Translation

I.         Life as Transcendence

II.      The Turn toward Ideas

III.    Death and Immortality

IV.  The Law of the Individual

Appendix: Journal Aphorisms, with an Introduction

Notes from Simmel's "Metaphysics" File

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“One feels Simmel as a person much more in this last work than in any other of his works. . . . In these essays, Simmel is present as an ‘I,’ and with this we finally see that Simmel’s brilliant sociology and philosophy was a direct reflection of his own experience with and consciousness of the world. It is hard to imagine the serious ongoing study of Simmel without reference to this superb translation of Simmel’s last work.”—Journal of Classical Sociology