‘Objective Culture’ and the Development of Nonknowledge: Georg Simmel and the Reverse Side of Knowing

  title={‘Objective Culture’ and the Development of Nonknowledge: Georg Simmel and the Reverse Side of Knowing},
  author={Matthias Gross},
  journal={Cultural Sociology},
  pages={422 - 437}
  • M. Gross
  • Published 2 May 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Sociology
Recent debates about the knowledge society have furthered awareness of the limits of knowing and, in turn, have fuelled sociological debates about the persistence and intensification of ignorance. In view of the ubiquity of the notion of ignorance, this paper focuses on Georg Simmel’s insightful observations about Nichtwissen (nonknowledge) as the reverse side of knowledge. The paper seeks to relate the notion of nonknowledge to Simmel’s conceptualization of objective and subjective culture. In… 

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