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Auteur(s) : Moeller, Hans-Georg (1964-....)  Voir les notices liées en tant qu'auteur

Titre(s) : The radical Luhmann [Texte imprimé] / Hans-Georg Moeller

Publication : New York : Columbia University Press, cop. 2012

Description matérielle : xiii, 168 p. ; 22 cm

Comprend : 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.

Note(s) : Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-153) and index
"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


Sujet(s) : Luhmann, Niklas (1927-1998) -- Critique et interprétation  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet
Systèmes sociaux -- Philosophie  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet
Sociologie et philosophie  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet

Indice(s) Dewey : 301.092 (23e éd.)  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet


Numéros : ISBN 9780231153782 (cloth) (alk. paper). - ISBN 0231153783 (cloth) (alk. paper). - ISBN 9780231153799 (pbk.) (alk. paper). - ISBN 0231153791 (pbk.) (alk. paper). - ISBN 9780231527170 (ebook). - ISBN 0231527179 (ebook)

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