The Conditions of Money's Compliance: Georg Simmel and Sociological Systems Theory
Sociologia Internationalis 34, pp. 13-39 (1996)
28 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013
Date Written: 1996
The article proposes to translate Georg Simmel's paradox of money being the indifference that makes the difference into an analysis of money being, as a medium of communication, the difference that makes, inside society, the difference of economy. Introducing a description of temporalized social systems the article translates Simmel's terms of pure means into terms of self and reference, and of form and medium. The vehicle for these attempts at translation is the notion of observing and self-referential social systems.
Keywords: Form, Medium, Money, Society, Systems
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