Immanent transcendence in Georg Simmel’s sociology of religion
AbstractThis article presents a systematic reconstruction of Georg Simmel’s sociology of religion. Following the development of his sociology of religion, it successively analyses religion as a form of interaction, as a symbolic form and as a personal form. The main argument is that all of Simmel’s writings are metaphysical and that religion is only one form among others that gathers the fragments of existence into a unified totality. Religiosity is the central category of Simmel’s writings on religion. It ‘detranscendentalizes’ religion and locates its conditions of possibility within the aspirations of wholeness of the soul.