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Luhmann, Niklas 1927-1998

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Works: 1,065 works in 4,143 publications in 21 languages and 45,122 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Interviewee, Adapter
Classifications: HM131, 301
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The differentiation of society by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

188 editions published between 1000 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social systems by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

113 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Germany's most prominent social thinker here sets out a contribution to sociology that aims to rework our understanding of meaning and communication. He links social theory to recent theoretical developments in scientific disciplines
Love as passion : the codification of intimacy by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

120 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this important book Niklas Luhmann - one of the leading social thinkers of the late 20th century - analyses the emergence of 'love' as the basis of personal relationships in modern societies. He argues that, while family systems remained intact in the transition from traditional to modern societies, a semantics for love developed to accommodate extra-marital relationships; this semantics was then transferred back into marriage and eventually transformed marriage itself. Drawing on a diverse range of historical and literary sources, Luhmann retraces the emergence and evolution of the special semantics of passionate love that has come to form the basis of modern forms of intimacy and personal relationships. This classic book by Luhmann has been widely recognized as a work of major importance. It is an outstanding contribution to social theory and it provides an original and illuminating perspective on the nature of modern marriage and sexuality. -- Publisher description
The reality of the mass media by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

74 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Reality of the Mass Media, Luhmann extends his theory of social systems - applied in his earlier works to the economy, the political system, art, religion, the sciences and law - to an examination of the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality." "Luhmann argues that the system of mass media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication, whose functions are not determined by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge, nor by specific social interests or political directives. Rather, he contends that the system of mass media is regulated by the internal code information/noninformation, which enables the system to select its information (news) from its own environment and to communicate this information in accordance with its own reflexive criteria."--Jacket
Trust and power : two works by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

91 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertrauen im weitesten Sinne eines Zutrauens zu eigenen Erwartungen ist ein elementarer Tatbestand des sozialen Lebens. Von Vertrauen spricht man im täglichen Leben meist in moralischem Sinne. Dem gegenüber analysiert Luhmann Funktion, Bedingungen und Taktiken des Vertrauens sozialwissenschaftlich. Vor allem wird dabei angestrebt, den Bereich der rationalen Handlungen nach Möglichkeit zu erweitern. Das kann erreicht werden, wenn man in der Lage ist, durch persönliches Vertrauen oder Vertrauen in das Funktionieren gesellschaftlicher Systeme sich auf höhere Risiken einzulassen. Niklas Luhmann unternimmt es also in diesem schon klassisch gewordenen Buch, den in der Alltagssprache und der traditionellen ethischen Vorstellungswelt vielfach besetzten Begriff des Vertrauens im Rahmen theoretischer Soziologie zu erörtern und das in einer so anschaulichen und anregenden Weise, dass das Buch seit langem breite Beachtung gefunden hat - weit über den Kreis der Fachsoziologen hinaus
Art as a social system by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

55 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Möglicherweise kann das Kunstsystem in seinen eigenen Operationen davon profiteren, ein Theorieangebot zu erhalten, das Kontext und Kontigenz der Kunst gesellschaftstheoretisch zu klären versucht. Die Funktion der Kunst und die Ausdifferenzierung des Kunstsystems. Wahrneming und Kommunikation: zur Reproduktion von Formen. Recensie van Rudi Laermans in: De Witte Raaf (1998)74(jul/aug.20-23)
A sociological theory of law by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

70 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English translation of : Rechtssoziologie
Risk : a sociological theory by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

53 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation A great deal of attention has been devoted to risk research. Sociologists in general have limited themselves to varying recognitions of a society at risk and have traced out the paths to disaster. The detailed research has yet to be undertaken. In Risk, now available in paperback, Niklas Luhmann develops a theoretical program for such research. His premise is that the concept of risk projects essential aspects of our description of the future onto the present. Risk is conceived as the possibility of triggering unexpected, unlikely, and detrimental consequences by means of a decision attributable to a decision maker
Law as a social system by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

69 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern systems theory provides a new paradigm for the analysis of society. In this volume, Niklas Luhmann, its leading exponent, explores its implications for our understanding of law. Luhmann argues that current thinking about how law operates within a modern society is seriously deficient. In this volume he lays out the theoretical and methodological tools that, he argues, can advance our understanding of contemporary society and, in particular, of the identity, performance, and function of the legal system within that society. In systems theory, society is its communications: they are its empirical reality; the items that can be observed and studied. Systems theory identifies how communications operate within a physical world and how different sub-systems of communication operate alongside each other. In this volume, Luhmann uses systems theory to address a question central to legal theory: what differentiates law from other parts of society?
Observations on modernity by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

42 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Proklamation der "Postmoderne" hatte mindestens einen Verdienst: Sie hat bekannt gemacht, dass die moderne Gesellschaft das Vertrauen in die Richtigkeit ihrer eigenen Selbstbeschreibungen verloren hat. Vielleicht hatte das Stichwort der Postmoderne nur eine andere, variantenreichere Beschreibung der Moderne versprechen wollen, die ihre eigene Einheit nur noch negativ vorstellen kann als Unmöglichkeit eines métarécit. Wir mögen gern zugestehen, dass es keine verbindliche Repräsentation der Gesellschaft in der Gesellschaft gibt. Aber das wäre dann nicht das Ende, sondern der Beginn einer Reflexion der Form von Selbstbeobachtungen und Selbstbeschreibungen eines Systems, die im System selbst vorgeschlagen und durchgesetzt werden müssen in einem Prozess, der seinerseits wieder beobachtet und beschrieben wird. Die hier publizierten Texte gehen von der Überzeugung aus, dass darüber etwas ausgesagt werden kann, ja, dass Theoriematerialien schon verfügbar sind, die nur auf dieses Thema der Beobachtungen der Moderne hingeführt werden müssen. Inhalt: - Das Moderne der modernen Gesellschaft - Europäische Rationalität - Kontingenz als Eigenwert der modernen Gesellschaft - Die Beschreibung der Zukunft - Ökologie des Nichtwissens
Religious dogmatics and the evolution of societies by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

47 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume comprises an English translation of Niklas Luhmann's "Religi se Dogmatik und gesellschaftliche Funktion" (Chapter two of his 1977 "Funktion der Religion"), which has been the subject of much discussion and controversy in Europe over the past 15 years. Peter Beyer also provides a 50-page introduction which treats some of the main concepts in Luhmann's abstract and difficult thought and also illustrates the way these concepts fit into his overall theory of society and religion
Introduction to systems theory by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

55 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines.In Introduction to Systems Theory, Luhmann explains the key ideas of general and sociological systems theory and supplies a wealth of examples to illustrate his approach. The book offers a wide range of concepts and theorems that can be applied to politics and the economy, religion and science, art and education, organization and the family. Moreover, Luhmann's ideas address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements.This book provides all the necessary resources for readers to work through the foundations of systems theory - no other work by Luhmann is as clear and accessible as this. There is also much here that will be of great interest to more advanced scholars and practitioners in sociology and the social sciences
Political theory in the welfare state by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

51 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A systems theory of religion by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

38 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Systems Theory of Religion, still unfinished at Niklas Luhmann's death in 1998, was first published in German two years later thanks to the editorial work of André Kieserling. One of Luhmann's most important projects, it exemplifies his later work while redefining the subject matter of the sociology of religion. Religion, for Luhmann, is one of the many functionally differentiated social systems that make up modern society. All such subsystems consist entirely of communications and all are ""autopoietic, "" which is to say, self-organizing and self-generating. Here, Luhmann expla
Legitimation durch Verfahren by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

72 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecological communication by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and German and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theorie der Gesellschaft oder Sozialtechnologie. Was leistet d. Systemforschung? by Jürgen Habermas( Book )

62 editions published between 1971 and 1990 in German and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory of society by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

58 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first volume of Niklas Luhmann's two-part final work was initially published in German in 1997. The culmination of his thirty-year theoretical project to reconceptualize sociology, it offers a comprehensive description of modern society on a scale not attempted since Talcott Parsons. Beginning with an account of the fluidity of meaning and the accordingly high improbability of successful communication, Luhmann analyzes a range of communicative media, including language, writing, the printing press, and electronic media as well as "success media," such as money, power, truth, and love, all of which structure this fluidity and make communication possible. An investigation into the ways in which social systems produce and reproduce themselves, the book asks what gives rise to functionally differentiated social systems, how they evolve, and how social movements, organizations, and patterns of interaction emerge. The advent of the computer and its networks, which trigger potentially far-reaching processes of restructuring, receive particular attention. A concluding chapter on the semantics of modern society's self-description bids farewell to the outdated theoretical approaches of "old Europe," that is, to ontological, holistic, ethical, and critical interpretations of society, and argues that concepts such as "the nation," "the subject," and "postmodernity" are vastly overrated. In their stead, "society"--Long considered a suspicious term by sociologists, one open to all kinds of reification--is defined in purely operational terms. It is the always uncertain answer to the question of what comes next in all areas of communication."--Publisher's website
Theory of society by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first volume of Niklas Luhmann's two-part final work was initially published in German in 1997. The culmination of his thirty-year theoretical project to reconceptualize sociology, it offers a comprehensive description of modern society on a scale not attempted since Talcott Parsons. Beginning with an account of the fluidity of meaning and the accordingly high improbability of successful communication, Luhmann analyzes a range of communicative media, including language, writing, the printing press, and electronic media as well as "success media," such as money, power, truth, and love, all of which structure this fluidity and make communication possible. An investigation into the ways in which social systems produce and reproduce themselves, the book asks what gives rise to functionally differentiated social systems, how they evolve, and how social movements, organizations, and patterns of interaction emerge. The advent of the computer and its networks, which trigger potentially far-reaching processes of restructuring, receive particular attention. A concluding chapter on the semantics of modern society's self-description bids farewell to the outdated theoretical approaches of "old Europe," that is, to ontological, holistic, ethical, and critical interpretations of society, and argues that concepts such as "the nation," "the subject," and "postmodernity" are vastly overrated. In their stead, "society" - long considered a suspicious term by sociologists, one open to all kinds of reification - is defined in purely operational terms. It is the always uncertain answer to the question of what comes next in all areas of communication
Theory of society by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Luhman, Niklas 1927-1998

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Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist

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Rūman, N. 1927-1998

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Луман, Никлас 1927-1998

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Love as passion : the codification of intimacyThe reality of the mass mediaArt as a social systemRisk : a sociological theoryLaw as a social systemObservations on modernityIntroduction to systems theoryPolitical theory in the welfare stateEcological communication