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Social systems

Author: Niklas Luhmann
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1995.
Series: Writing science.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niklas Luhmann
ISBN: 0804719934 9780804719933 0804726256 9780804726252
OCLC Number: 31710315
Description: lii, 627 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword; Instead of a preface to the English edition: on the concepts 'subject' and 'action'; Preface to the German edition; Introduction: paradigm change in systems theory; 1. System and function; 2. Meaning; 3. Double contingency; 4. Communication and action; 5. System and environment; 6. Interpenetration; 7. The individuality of psychic systems; 8. Structure and time; 9. Contradiction and conflict; 10. Society and interaction; 11. Self-reference and rationality; 12. Consequences for epistemology; Notes; Index.
Series Title: Writing science.
Other Titles: Soziale Systeme.
Responsibility: Niklas Luhmann ; translated by John Bednarz, Jr., with Dirk Baecker ; foreword by Eva M. Knodt.
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