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The German Historicist Tradition$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.001.0001

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Simmel's Early Historicism

Simmel's Early Historicism

(p.468) 12 Simmel's Early Historicism
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

Chapter 12 is a close examination of the early philosophy of history of Georg Simmel (1858–1918). The first sections discuss Simmel's early intellectual development and the early influences on the development of his sociology. A separate section is devoted to Lazarus's and Steinthal's Völkerpsychologie, which was an important development in the historicist tradition. The heart of the chapter is devoted to Simmel's early idealist theory of history, his views on the laws of history. A final section is devoted to his early historicist critique of ethics.

Keywords:   Georg Simmel, Völkerpsychologie, sociology, historicist critique, idealist theory of history, laws of history, pragmatism

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