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The Radical Luhmann
     

The Radical Luhmann

by Hans-Georg Moeller
 

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In The Radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. 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

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In The Radical Luhmann, Hans-Georg Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world. 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 finally rendered the Platonic dualist heritage obsolete. Moeller's clear presentation opens these formulations to a wide audience and directly relates Luhmannian theory to contemporary issues in democracy, art, education, justice, human rights, and mass media.

Editorial Reviews

Michael King
The fact that Moeller has written such a convincing thesis is a major achievement in itself. It is made more impressive by the fact that he has, through the avoidance of sociological jargon and copious examples to illustrate his points, succeeded in conveying complex, abstract ideas in a way that makes them accessible to readers across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Elena Esposito
Hans-Georg Moeller's timely and brilliant book marks a significant turn in the debate on Niklas Luhmann's great theory: the transition from the opposition pro/against to an external observation of the motives for enthusiasm or rejection. With his usual clarity and fascinating wealth of references, Moeller places Luhmann's theory at the heart of current intellectual reflection, indicating and demolishing the barriers that so far prevented its reception.

Monatshefte
Eminently readable and provocative...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231527170
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
995,743
File size:
638 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Bruce Clarke
The Radical Luhmann is the most comprehensive and ironical reflection on Luhmann as grand theorist to date. Moeller brings welcome clarity to his evolutionary-ecological systems approach to social theory and argues provocatively that Luhmann's epistemological constructivism is sufficiently radical to merit the description of realism. From ontology to ethics, Moeller effectively demonstrates the synoptic breadth and deconstructive vigor of Luhmann's theory across classical and modern philosophy.

Meet the Author

Hans-Georg Moeller is a senior lecturer in the Philosophy Department at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Author and editor of ten books, his works include The Philosophy of the Daodejing, The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality, both Choice outstanding academic titles, and Luhmann Explained.

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