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Reading: The aesthetic foundation of the relational approach: Georg Simmel as a critical thinker

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The aesthetic foundation of the relational approach: Georg Simmel as a critical thinker

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Lucía Wegelin

University of Buenos Aires, AR
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Lucía Wegelin holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and a BA in Sociology from the same University. Since 2010, she has been teaching in the area of social theory at the Sociology program of UBA, particularly the subject Georg Simmel. La cosificación de las sociedades modernas. She was granted the internal doctorate (2010-2015) and the post-doctoral (2016-2018) fellowships by CONICET, and she is currently working on the project El individuo como promesa. Contribuciones de G. Simmel y T. Adorno para una crítica de la ideología del individualismo estetizado contemporáneo. She is also part of several collective research initiatives such as the PIP-CONICET project entitled Dilemas de la democracia (y el capitalismo) en la Argentina: un estudio de las transformaciones sociales y las reconfiguraciones ideológicas, led by Dr. Ezequiel Ipar, and the UBACYT project titled Dinero y personalidad. El caso de los trabajadores ávidos por acumular, led by Dr. Esteban Vernik

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Asserting the validity of the relational sociology, founded by Georg Simmel in the early twentieth century, entails a rereading of the foundations of the cognitive perspective guided by questions posed from the present. This is the task intended here and to carry it out, it is necessary to dismantle the aestheticizing reading of Simmel's thought that reduces the relational perspective to a mere copy of the aestheticized interconnectivity that characterizes contemporary societies.  Nonetheless, saving Simmel from aestheticism does not mean ignoring his aesthetic concern, but to relocate it, finding a new way of addressing its relationship with his sociology. By proposing a reading of the aesthetic origin of Simmel’s cognitive perspective, we intend to recover the critical character that the insights of the Berlin sociologist risk losing when read as strokes of a modernist brush.

How to Cite: Wegelin, L., (2017). The aesthetic foundation of the relational approach: Georg Simmel as a critical thinker. Digithum. (19), pp.1–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i19.3021
Published on 15 Gen. 2017.
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