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By Georg Simmel

Released in 1918, The View of existence is Georg Simmel’s ultimate paintings. Famously deemed “the brightest guy in Europe” through George Santayana, Simmel addressed diversified subject matters throughout his essayistic writings, which inspired students in aesthetics, epistemology, and sociology. however, convinced center matters emerged over the process his career—the genesis, constitution, and transcendence of social and cultural types, and the character and stipulations of genuine individuality, together with the function of mindfulness concerning mortality. Composed now not lengthy ahead of his loss of life, The View of lifestyles was once, Simmel wrote, his “testament,” a capstone paintings of profound metaphysical inquiry meant to formulate his notion of existence in its entirety.

Now Anglophone readers can finally learn in complete the paintings that formed the argument of Heidegger’s Being and Time and whose striking influence on ecu highbrow lifestyles among the wars used to be extolled through Jürgen Habermas. provided along those seminal essays are aphoristic fragments from Simmel’s final magazine, supplying a beguiling look at the brain of 1 of the 20 th century’s maximum thinkers.

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Instead, the sphere of actual, present life stretches all the way back to the moment of its formation. Of course, the past as such does not thereby rise from the grave; but because we comprehend an experience not as a present thing, but rather as one that is attached to some moment in the past, our present is not focused on one point, as is that of a mechanical existence, but is, so to speak, extended backward. At such instances we live beyond the moment back into the past. It is similar with our relation to the future, which is in no way adequately characterized by defining man as the “goal-setting” being.

On the other hand, the hereditary material out of which an organism develops contains countless individual elements, such that the past sequence which leads to its individuality can by no means be replaced by another: the results have not vanished without a trace into the Life as Transcendence  true net result, as is true of mechanical effects, which can result from the most diverse combinations of causes. The protrusion [Hineinleben] of the past into the present first appears in full purity, however, when life has reached the stage of consciousness [Geist].

1914. Henri Bergson. In vol. 13 of Georg Simmel Gesamtausgabe, ed. Klaus Latzel, 53–69. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. ———. 1916a. Die Krisis der Kultur. In vol. 13 of Georg Simmel Gesamtausgabe, ed. Klaus Latzel, 190–201. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. ———. 1916b. Vorformen der Idee: Aus den Studien zu einer Metaphysik. In vol. 13 of Georg Simmel Gesamtausgabe, ed. Klaus Latzel, 252–98. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. ———. 1917a. Grundfragen der Soziologie. In vol. 16 of Georg Simmel Gesamtausgabe, ed. Georg Fitzi and Otthein Rammstedt, 9–150.

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