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Luhmann, Niklas 1927-1998

Works: 1,706 works in 5,607 publications in 10 languages and 68,158 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Creator, Other, Illustrator, Author of introduction, Interviewee, win, Dedicatee, Compiler, Adapter, wpr
Classifications: HM131, 340.115
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Theory of society by Niklas Luhmann( )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 3,969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first volume of Niklas Luhmann's two-part final work was initially published in German in 1997. The culmination of his thirty-year theoretical project to reconceptualize sociology, it offers a comprehensive description of modern society on a scale not attempted since Talcott Parsons. Beginning with an account of the fluidity of meaning and the accordingly high improbability of successful communication, Luhmann analyzes a range of communicative media, including language, writing, the printing press, and electronic media as well as "success media," such as money, power, truth, and love, all of which structure this fluidity and make communication possible. An investigation into the ways in which social systems produce and reproduce themselves, the book asks what gives rise to functionally differentiated social systems, how they evolve, and how social movements, organizations, and patterns of interaction emerge. The advent of the computer and its networks, which trigger potentially far-reaching processes of restructuring, receive particular attention. A concluding chapter on the semantics of modern society's self-description bids farewell to the outdated theoretical approaches of "old Europe," that is, to ontological, holistic, ethical, and critical interpretations of society, and argues that concepts such as "the nation," "the subject," and "postmodernity" are vastly overrated. In their stead, "society"--Long considered a suspicious term by sociologists, one open to all kinds of reification--is defined in purely operational terms. It is the always uncertain answer to the question of what comes next in all areas of communication."--Publisher's website
The reality of the mass media by Niklas Luhmann( )

75 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 2,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Reality of the Mass Media, Luhmann extends his theory of social systems to an examination of the role of mass media in the constitution of social reality." "Luhmann argues that the system of mass media is a set of recursive, self-referential programs of communication, whose functions are not determined by the external values of truthfulness, objectivity, or knowledge, nor by specific social interests or political directives. Rather, he contends that the system of mass media is regulated by the internal code information/noninformation, which enables the system to select its information (news) from its own environment and to communicate this information in accordance with its own reflexive criteria."--Jacket
A systems theory of religion by Niklas Luhmann( )

44 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview A Systems Theory of Religion, still unfinished at Niklas Luhmann's death in 1998, was first published in German two years later thanks to the editorial work of André Kieserling. One of Luhmann's most important projects, it exemplifies his later work while redefining the subject matter of the sociology of religion. Religion, for Luhmann, is one of the many functionally differentiated social systems that make up modern society. All such subsystems consist entirely of communications and all are "autopoietic," which is to say, self-organizing and self-generating. Here, Luhmann explains how religion provides a code for coping with the complexity, opacity, and uncontrollability of our world. Religion functions to make definite the indefinite, to reconcile the immanent and the transcendent. Synthesizing approaches as disparate as the philosophy of language, historical linguistics, deconstruction, and formal systems theory/cybernetics, A Systems Theory of Religion takes on important topics that range from religion's meaning and evolution to secularization, turning decades of sociological assumptions on their head. It provides us with a fresh vocabulary and a fresh philosophical and sociological approach to one of society's most fundamental phenomena
Risk : a sociological theory by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

76 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new edition of Risk includes an outstanding essay on the enormous importance of Niklas Luhmann in contemporary social theory. The authors explain not only why he has been all but ignored in the English-speaking world, but the lasting importance of Luhmann in developing a genuinely innovative vision of the component of modern society. Stehr and Bechmann show how the author of Risk is a universal scholar located within the context of the Enlightenment and European sociology and philosophy."--Jacket
A sociological theory of law by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

75 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English translation of : Rechtssoziologie
Law as a social system by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

70 editions published between 1993 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern systems theory provides a new paradigm for the analysis of society. In this volume, Niklas Luhmann, its leading exponent, explores its implications for our understanding of law." "Luhmann argues that current thinking about how law operates within a modern society is seriously deficient. In this book he lays out the theoretical and methodological tools which, he argues, can advance our understanding of contemporary society and, in particular, of the identity, performance, and function of the legal system within that society. In systems theory, society is its communications: they are its empirical reality; the items that can be observed and studied. Systems theory identifies how communications operate within a physical world and how different sub-systems of communication operate alongside each other." "Luhmann uses systems theory to address a question central to legal theory: what differentiates law from other parts of society? Unlike conventional legal theory, this volume seeks to provide an answer in terms of a general social theory: a methodology that answers this question in a manner applicable not only to law, but also to all the other complex and highly differentiated systems within modern society, such as politics, the economy, religion, the media, and education. This truly sociological approach offers profound insights into the relationships between law and all of these other social systems."--BOOK JACKET
Love as passion : the codification of intimacy by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

38 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and German and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this important book Niklas Luhmann - one of the leading social thinkers of the late 20th century - analyses the emergence of 'love' as the basis of personal relationships in modern societies. He argues that, while family systems remained intact in the transition from traditional to modern societies, a semantics for love developed to accommodate extra-marital relationships; this semantics was then transferred back into marriage and eventually transformed marriage itself. Drawing on a diverse range of historical and literary sources, Luhmann retraces the emergence and evolution of the special semantics of passionate love that has come to form the basis of modern forms of intimacy and personal relationships. This classic book by Luhmann has been widely recognized as a work of major importance. It is an outstanding contribution to social theory and it provides an original and illuminating perspective on the nature of modern marriage and sexuality. -- Publisher description
Introduction to systems theory by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

57 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines. In Introduction to Systems Theory, Luhmann explains the key ideas of general and sociological systems theory and supplies a wealth of examples to illustrate his approach. The book offers a wide range of concepts and theorems that can be applied to politics and the economy, religion and science, art and education, organization and the family. Moreover, Luhmann's ideas address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements. This book provides all the necessary resources for readers to work through the foundations of systems theory - no other work by Luhmann is as clear and accessible as this. There is also much here that will be of great interest to more advanced scholars and practitioners in sociology and the social sciences
Political theory in the welfare state by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

51 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social systems by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Vertrauen : ein Mechanismus der Reduktion sozialer Komplexität by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

37 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in German and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vertrauen im weitesten Sinne eines Zutrauens zu eigenen Erwartungen ist ein elementarer Tatbestand des sozialen Lebens. Von Vertrauen spricht man im täglichen Leben meist in moralischem Sinne. Dem gegenüber analysiert Luhmann Funktion, Bedingungen und Taktiken des Vertrauens sozialwissenschaftlich. Vor allem wird dabei angestrebt, den Bereich der rationalen Handlungen nach Möglichkeit zu erweitern. Das kann erreicht werden, wenn man in der Lage ist, durch persönliches Vertrauen oder Vertrauen in das Funktionieren gesellschaftlicher Systeme sich auf höhere Risiken einzulassen. Niklas Luhmann unternimmt es also in diesem schon klassisch gewordenen Buch, den in der Alltagssprache und der traditionellen ethischen Vorstellungswelt vielfach besetzten Begriff des Vertrauens im Rahmen theoretischer Soziologie zu erörtern und das in einer so anschaulichen und anregenden Weise, dass das Buch seit langem breite Beachtung gefunden hat - weit über den Kreis der Fachsoziologen hinaus
Die Wissenschaft der Gesellschaft by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

60 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macht by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

35 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El poder como un medio de comunicación - El rol de la acción - Funciones del código - El poder y la coerción física - El mundo de la vida y la técnica - La generalización de la influencia - Los riesgos del poder - La relevancia del poder para la sociedad - El poder organizado
Soziale Systeme : Grundriss einer allgemeinen Theorie by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

57 editions published between 1966 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Soziologie verharrt zur Zeit vor einer Theorieschwelle. Klassiker werden mit alexandrinischem Eifer aufgearbeitet, und Theoriebezeichnungen, die sich mit Begriffen wie Handlung, Struktur, System, Interaktion, Evolution verbinden lassen, werden miteinander kombiniert. Fortschritte zeichnen sich jedoch kaum ab, und vor allem fehlt seit dem Tode von Parsons jeder Anschluß an die sehr rasch fortschreitende interdisziplinäre Diskussion. Aus dieser Theoriekrise werden nur sehr viel komplexere Theorieangebote heraushelfen können. Niklas Luhmann versucht, über den bezeichneten Diskussionsstand in der Soziologie hinauszuführen. Er geht davon aus, daß ein Paradigmawechsel in der allgemeinen Systemtheorie auch für die Theorie sozialer Systeme neue Chancen eröffnet und die üblichen Einwände gegen einen »technologischen« Einsatz des Systembegriffs ausräumt. Systeme lassen sich in einem sehr radikalen Sinne als selbstreferentielle Systeme begreifen. Von Selbstreferenz ist dabei nicht nur auf der Ebene der Elemente (Autopoiesis) die Rede. Nach dieser Theoriewende kann man soziale Systeme als solche Systeme begreifen, die alles, was sie als Einheit verwenden - seien es ihre Elemente, ihre Prozesse, ihre Strukturen, ihre Teilsysteme und nicht zuletzt sich selbst -, als Einheit erst konstituieren. Zugleich nimmt die Systemtheorie an, daß dazu eine Reduktion von Umweltkomplexität erforderlich ist. Das Buch versucht, eine bisher in der Soziologie kaum erreichte begriffliche Komplexität und Interdependenz mit den Mitteln der normalen Sprache darzustellen. Die Einheit der Theorie liegt in der Abgestimmtheit einer großen Zahl von Begriffsentscheidungen, die zum Teil im Rückblick auf die soziologische Tradition und zum Teil im Anschluß an Vorgaben aus der Kybernetik, der Biologie, der Kommunikationstheorie und der Evolutionstheorie gewonnen sind. Luhmann sieht in diesem Kombinationsversuch eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für weitere Arbeiten an einer Theorie der modernen Gesellschaft. Mit einfacheren Mitteln dürfte ein zureichendes Verständnis der heutigen Lage des Gesellschaftssystems kaum zu gewinnen sein
Art as a social system by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, which was originally published in German in 1995 by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Maim, the eminent social theorist Luhmann (deceased, U. of Bielefeld, Germany) continues his lifelong work to formulate theories of overarching systems within all parts of society. He draws on three decades of research in the social sciences, phenomenology, evolutionary biology, cybernetics, and information theory, and combines it with intimate knowledge of art history, literature, aesthetics, and contemporary literary theory. The book also engages virtually every major theorist of art and aesthetics from Baumgarten to Derrida. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
Die Wirtschaft der Gesellschaft by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

58 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu gong fen wei shi zhang, Bao kuo jia ge, She hui de jing ji zuo wei zi wo sheng cheng xi tong, Shi chang zuo wei jing ji xi tong de nei huan jing, Jing ji xi tong zhong de shuang xun huan deng nei rong
Die Kunst der Gesellschaft by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

52 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Möglicherweise kann das Kunstsystem in seinen eigenen Operationen davon profiteren, ein Theorieangebot zu erhalten, das Kontext und Kontigenz der Kunst gesellschaftstheoretisch zu klären versucht. Die Funktion der Kunst und die Ausdifferenzierung des Kunstsystems. Wahrneming und Kommunikation: zur Reproduktion von Formen. Recensie van Rudi Laermans in: De Witte Raaf (1998)74(jul/aug. 20-23)
Náboz̆enství spolec̆nosti by Niklas Luhmann( )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in Czech and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liebe als Passion : zur Codierung von Intimität by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

61 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organisation und Entscheidung by Niklas Luhmann( Book )

34 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organisationsbildung setzt eine Erkennungsregel voraus, die erlaubt festzustellen, welche Handlungen und unter welchen Aspekten sie als Entscheidungen der Organisation zu gelten haben. Diese Erkenntnisregel ist zunächst und vor allem eine Mitgliedschaftsregel. Sie legt fest, wer als Mitglied des Systems angesehen wird und in welchen Rollen diese Mitgliedschaft ausgeübt werden kann. Durch Personalauswahl und Rollendefinition wird die Organisation gegen das sie umgebende sonstige Soziale abgegrenzt und ausdifferenziert. 35 Jahre nach der erstmaligen Veröffentlichung von "Funktionen und Folgen formaler Organisation" schließt "Organisation und Entscheidung" das Gesamtwerk Niklas Luhmanns mit einem weiteren Grundlagenwerk zur soziologischen Theorie formaler Organisationen ab
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Risk : a sociological theoryLaw as a social systemLove as passion : the codification of intimacyIntroduction to systems theoryPolitical theory in the welfare stateSocial systemsArt as a social system
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