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A major challenge confronting contemporary theory is to overcome its fixation on written narratives and the culture of print. 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 communication.

Luhmann concedes that there is no longer
Paperback, 684 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Stanford University Press (first published December 1st 1995)
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Aloéy Vesjaly
Jun 21, 2012 Aloéy Vesjaly rated it really liked it
to understand what this book's about, as well as luhmann's theorizing in general, it may help to take a few steps back even beyond what luhmann thought he was doing. in that respect, for an audience speaking english only two thoroughly popular books by hans-georg moeller can be pointed out once again: "the radical luhmann" and "luhmann explained". first and foremost, luhmann's book is rather, as the german subtitle says, an "outline of a general theory" than it is a detailed study on social syst ...more
Peter Blank
Mar 03, 2013 Peter Blank rated it it was amazing
this book, if granted enough time to sink in, is guaranteed to pave your way to a better, all-encompassing approach to living in modern societies. Especially Luhmann's spin-off of Talcott Parsons AGIL action system scheme, where he replaces action with observation as guiding operation, is not only useful, but indeed attempts to write up the more accurate epistemological a-priori that has been neglected for so long. This includes exploding the dialectical, and as we will see in The Moral of Socie ...more
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Recommends it for: sociology students and researchers
It is really great. not only in the field of systemic sociology, but also in the domain of complex systems theory as a whole. dont miss it. although reading it is a bit difficult becasude of uncle Niklas' habot of overabstraction.
Jul 21, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
It's difficult for me to decide how I feel about this. At first I was very excited about it, partly because it offers a fresh set of terminological variances and because it can be very difficult to comprehend. As a reader, I find myself often letting go of some of its deeper complications and moving forward before fully parsing them, which I feel must be partly a result of a cost-benefit analysis I perform when deciding how closely to interpret him. In other words, he has a very high abstrusenes ...more
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Jun 04, 2013 Arys Aditya rated it really liked it
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Sebagai pemikir yang terobsesi dengan unifikasi ilmu pengetahuan, buku teoritik murni sistem sosial Luhmann agak di luar ekspektasi. Berbagai comotan yang dilakukan Luhmann agak mengganggu saya sebagai pembaca. Tapi Luhmann memang layak dihormati, usahanya telah menggemparkan banyak komunitas ilmuwan di berbagai negara.
Kabar baiknya, usaha Luhmann belum berhenti. Jadi mari kita nantikan bersama.
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Niklas Luhmann was a German sociologist, and a prominent thinker in systems theory, who is increasingly recognized as one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century.

Luhmann wrote prolifically, with more than 70 books and nearly 400 scholarly articles published on a variety of subjects, including law, economy, politics, art, religion, ecology, mass media, and love. While his theorie
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