Biografía de Georg Simmel

¿Quién fue Georg Simmel?

Georg Simmel (March 1, 1858 – September 28, 1918) was a German sociologist, philosopher, and critic.

Simmel was born in Berlin, the son of Arthur Simmel, a successful bank director, and Flora Simmel (née Hahn), a supportive and cultured mother. He had two sisters. His father died when Georg was nine years old, and his mother soon remarried. Georg and his sister Kaethe then went to live with their grandmother, Henriette Levi, in Frankfurt. under whose care they had a happy and sheltered childhood.

Simmel attended several prestigious schools, including the Volksschule in Frankfurt, the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Berlin, and the Grauen Kloster in Berlin. From 1874 to 1881, he studied history, philosophy, and art history at the University of Berlin. He was particularly interested in the philosophy of Kant and Schopenhauer and the historical works of Goethe and Marx.

In 1881, Simmel completed his studies and received his PhD. He then began his career as a lecturer at the University of Berlin, where he taught until 1895.

In 1892, Simmel married Agnes Mills, with whom he had two children. The marriage was not a happy one, and the couple divorced in 1901.

In 1896, Simmel published his first book, Soziologie, which was an instant success and established his reputation as a leading social thinker.

In 1900, Simmel published The Philosophy of Money, which is considered one of his most important works.

In 1903, Simmel was appointed to a professorship at the University of Frankfurt. He taught there until his untimely death in 1918.

Simmel died of pneumonia in 1918, at the age of 60. His unfinished magnum opus, Deutsche Kultur, was posthumously published in 1919.

Simmel is best remembered for his contributions to social theory, particularly his concept of the “social web” and his idea of the “stranger.” He has also been praised for his beautiful and poetic writing style..

Escrito por: Gonzalo Jiménez

Licenciado en Filosofía en la Universidad de Granada (UGR), con Máster en Filosofía Contemporánea en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
Desde 2015, se ha desempeñado como docente universitario y como colaborador en diversas publicaciones Académicas, con artículos y ensayos. Es aficionado a la lectura de textos antiguos y le gustan las películas y los gatos.