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|Named Person:||Niklas Luhmann; Niklas Luhmann; Niklas Luhmann; Niklas Luhmann|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Michael King; C J Thornhill
|Description:||vi, 266 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Luhmann's Social Theory --
Society's Legal System --
The Political System --
The Subject of Liberalism --
Risk and the Environment --
Conclusion: Luhmann and his Critics.
|Responsibility:||by Michael King and Chris Thornhill.|
Luhmann's theory, they contend, stands in direct opposition to the 'anthropocentric', humanist and liberal traditions that have dominated modern legal and political thought. As such it opens up the possibility of a new paradigm - one where the certainties, ambitions, and rational foundations of the Enlightenment are continually subjected to critical observation.
The authors also answer those critics who reject Luhmann out of hand as an ultra-conservative, arguing that his conservatism should be seen as a challenge to prevailing 'idealisms', and as a catalyst for a radical rethink of the role of theory in the social sciences."--BOOK JACKET.