Ecological Communication

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1989 - Science - 187 pages
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Niklas Luhmann is widely recognized as one of the most original thinkers in the social sciences today. This major new work further develops the theories of the author by offering a challenging analysis of the relationship between society and the environment.

Luhmann extends the concept of "ecology" to refer to any analysis that looks at connections between social systems and the surrounding environment. He traces the development of the notion of "environment" from the medieval idea—which encompasses both human and natural systems—to our modern definition, which separates social systems from the external environment.

In Luhmann's thought, human beings form part of the environment, while social systems consist only of communications. Utilizing this distinctive theoretical perspective, Luhmann presents a comprehensive catalog of society's reactions to environmental problems. He investigates the spheres of the economy, law, science, politics, religion, and education to show how these areas relate to environmental issues.

Ecological Communication is an important work that critically examines claims central to our society—claims to modernity and rationality. It will be of great importance to scholars and students in sociology, political science, philosophy, anthropology, and law.
  

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Contents

Sociological Abstinence
1
Causes and Responsibilities?
8
Complexity and Evolution
11
Resonance
15
The Observation of Observation
22
Communication as a Social Operation
28
Ecological Knowledge and Social Communication
32
Binary Coding
36
Politics
84
Religion
94
Education
100
Functional Differentiation
106
Restriction and Amplification Too Little and Too Much Resonance
115
Representation and Selfobservation
121
Anxiety Morality and Theory
127
Toward a Rationality of Ecological Communication
133

Codes Criteria Programs
44
Economy
51
Law
63
Science
76
Environmental Ethics
139
Notes
147
Index
181
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About the author (1989)

Niklas Luhmann is professor of sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Federal Republic of Germany. He is the author of approximately forty books in German, including, in English translation, The Differentiation of Society, Religious Dogmatics the Evolution of Societies, and Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy.

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