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Posts Tagged ‘Georg Simmel’

Heinrich Blücher on Laozi (Mystic Weber)

02.05.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

There is a strange and largely unnoticed return of Orientalism into the social-scientific debate. The anti-rationalist turn against what often is perceived to be a continued stranglehold of Cartesian mind-body dualism now often seeks to ally itself with ‘Eastern thought’. The most startling precedent of poststructuralist Orientalism of course is to be found in Gilles ...

sociology and the bearded bourgeois white men

10.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

It has become a common exercise in sociology introductory classes to show students a lineup of the classics (normally Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim) and ask them what these three have in common. Answer: they are all bearded middle-class white males. This is, of course, a valid reminder of one of sociology’s core messages: ...

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in-between: Georg Simmel and İbn Arabî

07.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In his short but seminal 1909 essay ‘The Bridge and the Door’ Georg Simmel analyses and celebrates the human habit of differentiating, delineating and separating – and then reconnecting, relating as expressed in the cultural achievements of path-laying, bridge-building and architecture in general. In doing so he anticipates some themes that were to become central ...

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Pre-Post-Humanism… something humanistic on artefacts from an “Eastern” perspective (Ali Âşık Paşa on the built environment and its human soul)

02.04.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Among proponents of post-humanism, of an “ontological turn” in the social sciences, anti-representationalism and what-have-you it is popular to put down humanism as “Western rationalism”. That makes reference to “Eastern thought” attractive. I leave aside the obvious observation that such reference is a bit of a poisoned compliment sent right down the compass – as ...

Hybridity, Alterity and Beyond – A Simmelian Perspective on Ebruesque Identity

11.16.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Kardeşin duymaz, eloğlu duyar Hybridity and alterity are concepts that feature highly in cosmopolitan critiques of culturalist (including multi-culturalist) projections of homogeneity in a drive against classificatory thinking (e.g. Çağlar 1997). Cosmopolitanism can be characterised as a universalist-liberal project opposed to a more communitarian multiculturalism. Cosmopolitanism tries to evade the danger of reifying racial, ethnic ...

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Becoming vs Being – Towards an anti-Heideggerian and post-Platonic Ontology of Fashion – A Preliminary Note

11.12.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

[footnotes at the end of this post – links don’t work…] As Simmelian/Bermanian Marxist, Plessner fan and antifascist, I have a deep aversion against the protagonists of the proto-fascist “conservative revolution” (konservative Revolution) in the Weimar Republic – people like “jurist” Carl Schmitt, the essayist and “novelist” Ernst Jünger, the “historian” Oswald Spengler … and ...


09.01.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The problem with definitions is that they are either too narrow or too wide – and they always fall short of pinning down the concept. One example I came across recently is Adam Arvidsen’s (2010: 4) definition of the “ethical economy” as one ‘creating the values and norms that keep a particular web of social ...

the eccentricity of the romantic consumer: campbell, simmel, and plessner

10.16.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

(Paper presented at the 4th International Plessner Conference, 16th to 18th September, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) pdf Consumer culture has few defenders and there are even fewer who dare to argue that consumer culture may in a sense make us broader and deeper personalities. In this talk I will try to make the case ...

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