The Problem of Sociology

  title={The Problem of Sociology},
  author={Georg Simmel},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={52 - 63}
  • G. Simmel
  • Published 1 November 1895
  • Philosophy
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
The overthrow of the individualistic point of view may be considered the most important and fruitful step which historical science and the moral sciences (Geisteswissenscha_ ften ) generally have made in our time. In place of the individual careers which formerly stood in the foreground of our picture of history, we now regard social forces, national movements, as the real and determining factors, out of which the parts which individuals play cannot be evaluated with complete definiteness. The… 
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