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Theories of distinction : redescribing the descriptions of modernity

Author: Niklas Luhmann; William Rasch
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2002.
Series: Cultural memory in the present.
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Publisher description: The essays in this volume formulate what is considered to be the preconditions for an adequate theory of modern society. The first two essays deal with the modern European philosophical and scientific tradition. The next four essays concern the notion of observation as defined by Luhmann. They examine the history of paradox as a logical problem and as a historically conditioned feature of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niklas Luhmann; William Rasch
ISBN: 0804741220 9780804741224 0804741239 9780804741231
OCLC Number: 47717867
Description: x, 226 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Self-Positing Society / William Rasch --
Husserl, Science, Modernity --
The Modern Sciences and Phenomenology --
The Modernity of Science --
Paradox and Observation --
The Paradox of Observing Systems --
Deconstruction as Second-Order Observing --
Identity--What or How? --
The Cognitive Program of Constructivism and the Reality That Remains Unknown --
Communication --
What Is Communication? --
How Can the Mind Participate in Communication? --
Coda: "Not in Frankfurt" --
I See Something You Don't See.
Series Title: Cultural memory in the present.
Responsibility: Niklas Luhmann ; edited and introduced by William Rasch ; translations by Joseph O'Neil [and others].
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