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Georg Simmel

1858 - 1918

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Georg Simmel (; German: [ˈzɪməl]; 1 March 1858 – 26 September 1918) was a German sociologist, philosopher, and critic. Simmel was influential in the field of sociology. Simmel was one of the first generation of German sociologists: his neo-Kantian approach laid the foundations for sociological antipositivism, asking "what is society?"—directly alluding to Kant's "what is nature?"—presenting pioneering analyses of social individuality and fragmentation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Simmel has received more than 1,025,308 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Georg Simmel is the 6th most popular sociologist (down from 5th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Germany (down from 137th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Sociologist.

Georg Simmel is most famous for his contributions to the sociology of culture.

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Among sociologists, Georg Simmel ranks 6 out of 54Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, and Robert K. Merton. After him are Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Niklas Luhmann.

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Among people born in 1858, Georg Simmel ranks 8Before him are Max Planck, Giacomo Puccini, Selma Lagerlöf, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, and Rudolf Diesel. After him are Gustaf V of Sweden, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, Christiaan Eijkman, and Charles de Foucauld. Among people deceased in 1918, Georg Simmel ranks 14Before him are Egon Schiele, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Guillaume Apollinaire, Manfred von Richthofen, Georg Cantor, and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. After him are Karl Ferdinand Braun, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna, Otto Wagner, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.

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Among people born in Germany, Georg Simmel ranks 156 out of 6,142Before him are Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), Alois Alzheimer (1864), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Friedrich Ebert (1871), Pope Joan (null), and Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900). After him are Max Müller (1823), Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Hans Frank (1900), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), and Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (973).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Georg Simmel ranks 3Before him are Max Weber (1864) and Theodor W. Adorno (1903). After him are Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Claus Offe (1940).