The estate I leave is like cash distributed among many heirs, each of whom puts his share to use in some trade that is compatible with his nature but which can no longer be recognized as coming from that estate. Simmel was mistaken in believing that he would leave no appreciable intellectual legacy, or that his ideas would not be acknowledged as a significant source for later thinkers. Wolff and Donald N. Levine in the decades after World War II.
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This one is really my book, the others appear to me colourless and seem as if they could have been written by anyone else. 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. Excerpt Every area of research has two boundaries marking the point at which the process of reflection ceases to be exact and takes on a philosophical character.
Philosophy, too, cannot completely transcend such pre-conditions with regard to its own activity when it presents and tests them. But in this case, it is always the last point of cognition at which an authoritative decision and the appeal to the unprovable arises within us, and yet in view of the advances made in terms of what can be proved this point is never definitively fixed.
If the start of the philosophical domain marks, as it were, the lower boundary of the exact domain, then its upper boundary lies at the point where the ever-fragmentary contents of positive knowledge seek to be augmented by definitive concepts into a world picture and to be related to the totality of life.
If the history of the sciences really does reveal that the philosophical mode of cognition is the primitive mode, is a mere estimate of the phenomena in general concepts, then this provisional procedure is nevertheless indispensable when confronted with certain questions, namely those questions-especially those related to valuations and the most general relations of intellectual life-that we have so far been unable either to answer or to dismiss.
Moreover, even the empirical in its perfected state might no more replace philosophy as an interpretation, a colouring and an individually selective emphasis of what is real than would the perfection of the mechanical reproduction of phenomena make the visual arts superfluous.
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The Philosophy of Money
The Philosophy of Money