Simmel's Legacy for Contemporary Value Theory: A Critical Assessment
In this essay I critically assess Georg Simmel's legacy for contemporary value theory and provide the rudiments of an alternative approach. My central thesis is that Simmel fails to satisfactorily conceptualize the nature and origin of value because of his devotion to an asocial, Cartesian-Kantian conception of mind, human freedom, and agency. In contrast, I incorporate recent data from neuroscience, social self theory, developmental psychology, and elements of Marx's theory of the commodity form to provide the terms of a postmetaphysical, intersubjective alternative.
Kamolnick, Paul. 2001. Simmel's Legacy for Contemporary Value Theory: A Critical Assessment. Sociological Theory. Vol.19(1). 65-85. https://doi.org/10.1111/0735-2751.00128 ISSN: 0735-2751