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

Rosemann, Philipp W. (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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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: God; Mammon; Fundamental Structures; Georg Simmel; Philosophy of Money;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Philosophy
Item ID: 10186
Depositing User: Philipp W. Rosemann
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 10:16
Journal or Publication Title: Philotheos: International Journal for Philosophy and Theology
Publisher: Gnomon Center for the Humanities, Belgrade
Refereed: Yes

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