(4), 571-590,653. Retrieved from https://www.lib.uwo.ca/cgi-bin/ezpauthn.cgi?url=http://search.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/reification-resistance-ironic-empiricism-georg/docview/212145590/se-2?accountid=15115 …]despite the seemingly devastating critique he offered of Simmel’s “irrationalism” (Lukács 1980, 442-58), the older Lukács felt compelled to acknowledge

(4), 571-590,653. Retrieved from https://www.lib.uwo.ca/cgi-bin/ezpauthn.cgi?url=http://search.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/reification-resistance-ironic-empiricism-georg/docview/212145590/se-2?accountid=15115 …]despite the seemingly devastating critique he offered of Simmel’s “irrationalism” (Lukács 1980, 442-58), the older Lukács felt compelled to acknowledge the debt he owed his mentor.3 On the other hand, while more circumspect in his acknowledgment, Walter Benjamin was much less ambivalent in his reliance upon Simmel’s ideas. Rather, he reconceives objectivity upon an entirely new ground. Since objective truth can be known only through subjective perception, the two terms of the dyad (subject/object) become bound by a third determinate moment: relation. Consider the precapitalist ‘craftsman’ inscribed in these lines as a writer (poet, scientist, scholar, etc.) and the consumer as his reader. Because the object (commodity, text, or discourse) serves as a visible bond between the two elements of this equation, writer/reader, and that bond establishes itself in a social environment characterized by minimal social differentiation (that is to say, the writer and the reader share a common world of mutual understanding), the product or text comes to mean for the reader what it means for the writer. In the modern world, the easy coincidence between author and reader begins to dissolve. Since the division of labor destroys custom production . . . the subjective aura of the product also disappears in relation to the consumer because the commodity is now produced independently of him. Compare Simmel thoughts and ideas to what is stated in the article Reification, resistance, and ironic empiricism in Georg Simmel’s philosophy of money

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