Tagged: Georg Simmel

Durkheim’s and Simmel’s reactions to antisemitism and their reflection in their views on modern society

[This article is part of the  Open Peer Review-Publication series “Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitism in International Perspective”] von Marcel Stoetzler <1> If one ever asked oneself what sociology is all about, one could do worse than consulting Auguste Comte’s 1822 manifesto, ‘Prospectus des traveaux scientifiques nécessaires pour réorganiser la societé’, the ‘Plan of the Scientific Works Necessary for the Reorganization of Society’...

‘Durkheim’s and Simmel’s reactions to antisemitism and their reflection in their views on modern society’, Abstract by Marcel Stoetzler

Emile Durkheim’s famous 1898 essay ‘Individualism and the Intellectuals’, an intervention in the Dreyfus affair in the period following Emile Zola’s ‘J’accuse’ in which ‘the affair’ took on increasingly broader dimensions and more general relevancy, is probably the only text from the canon of classical sociology that directly engages antisemitism. In my paper I try to show that this does...