Monthly Archives: January 2017

A world without leaders

There is a lot of talk about the United States being without credible leadership, given that our new president is not mentally sound. He seems to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, among other problems. But in a functionally differentiated society, government … Continue reading

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Reusable Communication Media, Political Legitimacy, etc.

Symbolically generalized communication media, such as power, money, truth, etc., are called generalized because they can be used and reused by anyone. The media are accepted under the condition or trust that they can be reused. A person accepts a monetary … Continue reading

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The de-ontologized moral code

In the seventeenth century, there were increasing signs that the moral code was being de-ontologized and coming to be seen as a unity. Without vice, there can be no virtues. Moral judgments were themselves judged. The cosmic struggle in Paradise … Continue reading

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Shared blog post on the diagnosis question

I thought this blog post from Tom Levold was interesting, considering my recent thinking on the question of diagnosis. Im Deutschen Ärzteblatt ist in Heft 1/2017 ein Interview mit mir zum Thema Diagnosen und Diagnostik erschienen, das auch online gelesen werden … Continue reading

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Is there a diagnosis market?

The term market has been monopolized by the economic system. Steffen Roth, in “Market therapy? On intervention in the consociation with non-members,” writes: the form we commonly observe as the market is only its economic dimension, to which, however, at … Continue reading

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The Critique of Morality, Machiavelli, etc.

To continue a post from yesterday . . . The famous critiques of dominant moral codes (such as those offered by Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Marquis de Sade, etc.) seem to relate closely to the functional differentiation of society. These critiques, … Continue reading

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The Question of Morality

In a functionally differentiated society there is no unifying code. This is in contrast to a society differentiated by stratification. Under stratification, there must be an apex, as in a pyramid, where everything comes together. God is supposed to be … Continue reading

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