Monthly Archives: July 2016

Corpus mysticum, Stefan Rossbach essay

Stefan Rossbach has a wonderful chapter in Observing International Relations: Niklas Luhmann and World Politics, edited by Mathias Albert & Lena Hilkermeir, 2004. The essay is titled “‘Corpus mysticum’: Niklas Luhmann’s Evocation of World Society.” Rossbach, in discussing Luhmann’s links to … Continue reading

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Ngrams and Cultural Memory

Google Ngrams are one way to track cultural memory. In systems theoretical terms, cultural memory is carried by the mass media, which includes books. Below is a search of Chinese terms in Google Books, 1900-2008. Politics 政治 is blue. Economy 经济 is … Continue reading

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People and Society

If we argue that society consists of communication and not human beings, this does not mean that there are no people or human bodies and minds in society or that people exist only in the environment of society. I may … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences

The Los Angeles Times has a interesting article on the differences between the US and France when it comes to multiculturalism. While the US government, at least as it’s written in the Constitution and laws, basically ignores religion, France has … Continue reading

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The Rise of Politics

Here is a Spanish Google Ngram for law, politics, religion,economy, and the press. These kinds of graphs don’t necessarily show what was most important to most people, but do they show what writers and readers of books were interested in, or … Continue reading

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Notes on Anders Esmark (2004). “Systems and Sovereignty”

Anders Esmark (2004). “Systems and Sovereignty: A systems theoretical look at the transformation of sovereignty.” Observing International Relations: Niklas Luhmann and World Politics. Edited by Mathias Albert & Lena Hilkermeier. Routledge. I don’t have access to the book yet, just part of … Continue reading

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Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and social system change

This is an attempt to apply social systems theory to literature. Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, his last play, which opened in Moscow in 1904, offers a glimpse into the transition from a society differentiated by inherited social rank to one … Continue reading

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