The Philosophy of Money

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Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Social Science - 616 pages
'I have lost interest ...in all that I have written prior to The Philosophy of Money . This one is really my book, the others appear to me colourless and seem as if they could have been written by anyone else.' - Georg Simmel to Heinrich Rickert (1904) In The Philosophy of Money , Simmel provides us with a remarkably wide-ranging discussion of the social, psychological and philosophical aspects of the money economy, full of brilliant insights into the forms that social relationships take. He analyzes the relationships of money to exchange, the human personality, the position of women, individual freedom and many other areas of human existence. Later he provides us with an account of the consequences of the modern money economy and the division of labour, which examines the processes of alienation and reification in work, urban life and elsewhere. Perhaps, more than any of his other sociological works, The Philosophy of Money gives us an example of his comprehensive analysis of the interrelationships between the most diverse and seemingly connected social phenomena. This revised edition of the translation by Tom Bottomore and David Frisby, includes a new Preface by Davi
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
xii
Preface to the Second Edition
xlvii
SYNTHETIC PART
liv
Introduction to the Translation i
1
Preface
53
III
101
The objectivity of truth as well as of value viewed as a relation
108
Money as the autonomous manifestation of the exchange relation
119
Freedom as the articulation of the self in the medium of things that
321
in
331
The development of the individuals independence from the group
342
General relations between a money economy and the principle
347
The Money Equivalent of Personal Values
355
analogous to that of wcrgild
376
II
395
The difference in value between personal achievement and monetary
404

Money as a reification of the general form of existence according
128
Renunciation of the nonmonetary uses of monetary material
152
III
168
largeness and smallness diffuseness and concen
174
The transition to moneys general functional character
184
The declining significance of money as substance
190
The increasing significance of money as value
198
Money in the Sequence of Purposes
204
Money as the purest example of the tool
210
The unearned increment of wealth
217
II
228
Psychological consequences of moneys ideological position
238
Extravagance
247
Cynicism
255
The qualitatively different consequences of quantitatively altered
262
Relations between external stimuli and emotional responses in
269
Individual Freedom
283
II
303
Its application to limitations deriving from economic interests
314
The unpaid contribution of mental effort
411
Manual labour as the unit of labour
418
Differences in the utility of labour as arguments against labour
425
The Style of Life
429
with regard to function they
437
The calculating character of modern times
443
The objectification of the mind
452
The occasional greater weight of subjective culture
463
III
470
The part played by money in this dual process
476
The relation between quantity and quality of things and
484
The rhvthm or symmetry and its opposite of the contents of life
485
Analogous developments in money
491
The pace of life its alterations and those of the money supply
498
The mobilization of values
505
The Constitution of the Text
513
Name Index
535
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