Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial - Kim-Anh Nguyen Rosemann Business Ethics How Prenuptial Agreements Fit into Simmel's Philosophy of Money In the same way that the

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Kim-Anh Nguyen Rosemann April 16, 2008 Business Ethics How Prenuptial Agreements Fit into Simmel’s Philosophy of Money In the same way that the sickle and hammer represent the laborers of the Soviet Union, the dollar bill is symbolic of capitalist societies. Crested with the recognized face of the legendary George Washington and other United States symbols, the dollar bill is the symbolic tool of the small businessman, the pioneer of American culture. Georg Simmel recognizes the utility of money in The Philosophy of Money ; indeed, the dollar has eased the flow of business transactions and has become an essential tool in the Western way of life. Money has undeniably played its part in the improvement of the quality of life standard that most Americans enjoy today. Few would say that Americans do not respect money; in fact, it is more likely that many worship money and idolize the rich. Simmel likewise discusses this in his book. In spite of money’s positive contributions to American culture—or that of any money economy—people have the tendency to elevate money from a teleological means to a telos , itself, or at the very least, an “intensified means,” 1 says Simmel. This has a determinedly negative effect on humans, who are both rational and emotional beings, because rationality is rewarded with money. 2 With the elevation of money comes the promotion of the rational and the practical over the emotional. Although Simmel does not directly address prenuptial agreements, this type of contract is exemplar of the effects of the money economy on culture, tradition, and relationships that Simmel discusses in The Philosophy of Money .
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2008 for the course PHI 3334 taught by Professor Rosemann during the Spring '08 term at Dallas.

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Prenuptial - Kim-Anh Nguyen Rosemann Business Ethics How Prenuptial Agreements Fit into Simmel's Philosophy of Money In the same way that the

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