The noted German sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel wrote a number of essays that deal directly with religion as a fundamental process in human life. These essays set forth Simmel's mature reflections on religion and its relation to modernity, personality, art, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and science. They also include his views on methods in the study of religion and his thoughts on achieving a broader perspective on religion. Originally published between 1898 and 1918, the last twenty years of Simmel's life, the essays are collected here in English for the first time.
About the Author
Horst Jürgen Helle is professor of sociology and co-director of the Institute for Sociology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and is the author or editor of more than ten previous books. Ludwig Nieder is assistant professor of sociology at Ludwig Maximilian University.