Aspects Concerning the Criticality of Karl Marx's and Georg Simmel's Approaches
Here it is where, simultaneously, lies their proximity – thus a possibility of building conceptual bridges –, and their difference. My theoretical analysis departs from the roles exherted by commodity fetishism and reification. Since each wrote during different historical contexts, culture (as a concept) never became a centerpiece of Marx's work, who among others organized his thoughts around the centrality of critique as a fundamental standpoint. For his turn, Simmel – writing on the verge of the XXth century, and thus being influenced by another set of thoughts – took up a materialist debate, moving towards establishing dialogues between philosopical, psychological, and sociological traits of culture. Interpreting aspects concerning this fractured dynamics of rupture and continuity appears as my main objetive, understanding that therefore, both authors share a vital common ground, in that they never restricted themselves to a particular discipline throughout their works, even while aiming to design and establish certain novel viewpoints. Finally I shall present a few insights regarding how this process posited them in relative core or periphery positions.