An Introduction to Reading Georg Simmel's Sociology



This study begins by viewing Georg Simmel's sociology as the focal point of controversy. That is, it begins with an interest in the historic dialogue between Simmel and the academic community. Through an explication of critics’complaints against Simmel‘s work, and through an analysis of Simmel‘s own essay, “The Secret Society,” this investigation succeeds in uncovering in Simmel's writing a significant, alternative form of sociological life.