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The Resource The radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller

The radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller

Label
The radical Luhmann
Title
The radical Luhmann
Statement of responsibility
Hans-Georg Moeller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) was a German sociologist and system theorist who wrote on law, economics, politics, art, religion, ecology, mass media, and love. Luhmann advocated a radical constructivism and antihumanism, or "grand theory," to explain society within a universal theoretical framework. Nevertheless, despite being an iconoclast, Luhmann is viewed as a political conservative. Hans-Georg Moeller challenges this legacy, repositioning Luhmann as an explosive thinker critical of Western humanism. Moeller focuses on Luhmann's shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. For centuries, the task of philosophy meant transforming contingency into necessity, in the sense that philosophy enabled an understanding of the necessity of everything that appeared contingent. Luhmann pursued the opposite--the transformation of necessity into contingency. Boldly breaking with the heritage of Western thought, Luhmann denied the central role of humans in social theory, particularly the possibility of autonomous agency. In this way, after Copernicus's cosmological, Darwin's biological, and Freud's psychological deconstructions of anthropocentrism, he added a sociological "fourth insult" to human vanity. A theoretical shift toward complex system-environment relations helped Luhmann "accidentally" solve one of Western philosophy's primary problems: mind-body dualism. By pulling communication into the mix, Luhmann rendered the Platonic dualist heritage obsolete. Moeller's clarity opens such formulations to general understanding and directly relates Luhmannian theory to contemporary social issues. He also captures for the first time a Luhmannian attitude toward society and life, defined through the cultivation of modesty, irony, and equanimity."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moeller, Hans-Georg
Dewey number
301.092
Index
index present
LC call number
HM701
LC item number
.M635 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Luhmann, Niklas
  • Social systems
  • Sociology
Label
The radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trojan horse: Luhmann's (not so) hidden radicalism -- Why he wrote such bad books -- The fourth insult: a refutation of humanism -- From necessity to contingency: a carnivalization of philosophy -- The last footnote to Plato: a solution to the mind-body problem -- Ecological evolution: a challenge to social creationism -- Constructivism as postmodernist realism: a teaching of differences -- Democracy as a utopia: a deconstruction of politics -- Conclusion: Nec spe nec metu : neither hope nor fear
Control code
726620666
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 168 pages
Isbn
9780231527170
Lccn
2011018977
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)726620666
Label
The radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trojan horse: Luhmann's (not so) hidden radicalism -- Why he wrote such bad books -- The fourth insult: a refutation of humanism -- From necessity to contingency: a carnivalization of philosophy -- The last footnote to Plato: a solution to the mind-body problem -- Ecological evolution: a challenge to social creationism -- Constructivism as postmodernist realism: a teaching of differences -- Democracy as a utopia: a deconstruction of politics -- Conclusion: Nec spe nec metu : neither hope nor fear
Control code
726620666
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiii, 168 pages
Isbn
9780231527170
Lccn
2011018977
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)726620666

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