Introduction to Systems Theory

Introduction to Systems Theory


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745645728
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 535,022
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Niklas Luhmann was professor of sociology at the University of Bielefeld.

Table of Contents

Translators Note and Acknowledgements
System-Autopoiesis-Form: An Introduction to Luhmann's 'Introductionto 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

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