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La vita individuale

L'estetica sociologica di Georg Simmel
  • Gianluca Valle,

The individual life, analysed by Georg Simmel, provides analytic tools for an understanding, not only of man in early industrial society, but also of the man of today. Imitation and distinction, fashion and theatre, the circulation of money, or the models of individuality expressed by Goethe and by Rembrandt, represent "aesthetic solutions" to the quest for identity that lacerates modern man in the face of the crisis of absolutes and the polytheism of values. There is a deep weft, indeed, in the writings of Georg Simmel that justifies a revision of the current academic definitions of "sociological impressionism" and "journalistic philosophy". This is a unified mesh created by constant references to aesthetics, understood as a philosophy that explores the structures of meaning of individual and social life. This bringing together of fields of investigation traditionally considered as remote and incommensurable – such as sociology and aesthetics – makes Simmel's meditation one of the most stimulating adventures in contemporary thought.

  • Keywords:
  • Filosofia,
  • Estetica,
  • Sociologia,
  • Georg Simmel,
  • Rembrandt,
  • Goethe Wolfgang,
  • Immanuel Kant,
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Gianluca Valle

IED, European Institute of Design, Italy

GIANLUCA VALLE is a lecturer in sociology at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, and also teaches philosophy in secondary school. He obtained a research doctorate in philosophy from the Scuola Internazionale di Alti Studi "Scienze della Cultura" in Modena, with a thesis on Georg Simmel.
His research interests are poised on the borderline between aesthetics and the sociology of art, and concern the theories of the artistic object. He has published numerous articles, in particular in Studi di estetica and Fenomenologia e società.
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Book Title

La vita individuale

Book Subtitle

L'estetica sociologica di Georg Simmel

Authors

Gianluca Valle

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

174

Publication Year

2008

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© 2008 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IT

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Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-8453-705-8

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978-88-8453-704-1

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978-88-8453-705-8

eISBN (xml)

978-88-9273-862-1

Series Title

Studi e saggi

Series Issn ISSN

2704-6478

Series E-Issn

2704-5919

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