Introduction to Systems Theory / Edition 1

Introduction to Systems Theory / Edition 1

by Niklas Luhmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745645712

ISBN-13: 9780745645711

Pub. Date: 12/17/2012

Publisher: Wiley

Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the 20th century. From 1968 to 1992 he taught at the University of Bielefeld as a professor of sociology. In recent years, Luhmann's systems theory has gained resonance in a wide variety of disciplines.

Introduction to Systems Theory is Luhmann at the height

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Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the 20th century. From 1968 to 1992 he taught at the University of Bielefeld as a professor of sociology. In recent years, Luhmann's systems theory has gained resonance in a wide variety of disciplines.

Introduction to Systems Theory is Luhmann at the height of his powers. He offers precise conceptual analyses and a wealth of examples to clarify the theoretical foundations of general and sociological systems theory. This book is a rich source of ideas that can be applied to a variety of complex questions. It offers a wide range of concepts and theorems that pertain equally to politics and the economy, religion and science, art and education, the family and personal life. Moreover, Luhmann's ideas address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements.

Luhmann's Introduction to Systems Theory provides all the necessary resources for students to work through the foundations of systems theory. Along the way, it also shows that it may well be among the most important resources of serious theoretical work in the social sciences today. This is the most accessible of Luhmann's books and it will establish itself as the key text for anyone who wishes to understand systems theory and its uses today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745645711
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/17/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Translators Note and Acknowledgements
System-Autopoiesis-Form: An Introduction to Luhmann's 'Introduction to Systems Theory'
Editor's Preface to the German Edition

I. Sociology and Systems Theory
  1. The Functionalism of System Maintenance
  2. Parsons

II. General Systems Theory
  1. The Theory of Open Systems
  2. System as Difference (Formal Analysis)
  3. Operational Closure
  4. Self-Organization, Autopoiesis
  5. Structural Coupling
  6. Observing
  7. Re-entry
  8. Complexity
  9. The Idea of Rationality

III. Time

IV. Meaning

V. Psychic and Social Systems
  1. Problems of "Action Theory"
  2. Two Modes of Operation of Autopoiesis

VI. Communication as a Self-Observing Operation

VII. Double Contingency, Structure, Conflict

Suggested Further Readings

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