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Social systems

Author: Niklas Luhmann; John Bednarz
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Univ. Press, 2005.
Series: Writing science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprintedView all editions and formats
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In this presentation of a general theory of systems, Germany's most prominent and controversial social thinker sets out a contribution to sociology that reworks our understanding of meaning and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niklas Luhmann; John Bednarz
ISBN: 0804726256 9780804726252
OCLC Number: 255620242
Description: LII, 627 Seiten : Diagramme ; 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. Transl. by John Bednarz, Jr., with Dirk Baecker ; foreword by Eva M. Knodt.

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