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    God and Mammon: Fundamental Structures in Georg Simmel’s Philosophy of Money


    Rosemann, Philipp (2018) God and Mammon: Fundamental Structures in Georg Simmel’s Philosophy of Money. Philotheos: International Journal for Philosophy and Theology, 18 (1). pp. 57-77. ISSN 1451-3455

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    Abstract

    This paper offers an extended reflection on a remarkable passage from Simmel's magnum opus: 'This is the philosophical significance of money: that, within the practical world, it is the most definite visibility, the clearest embodiment of the formula of all being, according to which things receive their meaning through each other and the reciprocity of the relations in which they find themselves constitutes their being and their being-such.' In order to understand this claim, the paper attempts to answer two questions: (1) What is Simmel’s conception of money? (2) What, according to Simmel, is the 'formula of all being'? These questions having been addressed, the paper is in a position to understand yet another startling claim of Simmel's, namely, that 'money ... possesses significant relationships to the notion of God—relationships that only psychology, which has the privilege of being unable to commit blasphemy, may disclose.'

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Georg Simmel; philosophy of money; philosophy of economics;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Item ID: 10346
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5840/philotheos20181815
    Depositing User: Philipp W. Rosemann
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 11:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Philotheos: International Journal for Philosophy and Theology
    Publisher: Sebastian Press L.A.
    Refereed: Yes
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