Monthly Archives: March 2017

Human rights and global law

This post is related to the global brain research. In Law as a Social System, Luhmann wrote, Among the most important indicators of global legal system is the increasing attention paid to the violation of human rights. (482) There was … Continue reading

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Notes on “Being Affected: Spinoza and The Psychology of Emotion.”

Notes on Steven D. Brown & Paul Stenner (2001). “Being Affected: Spinoza and The Psychology of Emotion.” International Journal of Group Tensions, Vol. 30, No. 1. The apparent conviction within psychology, demonstrated by endless debates between physiological psychologists and cognitivists, naturalists and constructionists, that emotions … Continue reading

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Response to Paul Stenner’s article on Emotion and Luhmann

After some discussion and further reading, I now see some of what I say here as confused, but I will leave the post here. Paul Stenner published a very interesting, very clearly written article in 2004 titled “Is Autopoietic Systems Theory … Continue reading

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In press | Management and functional differentiation

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More thoughts on complexity

I found this comment posted on the Niklas Luhmann Group to be very helpful: A system can only be less complex than the environment otherwise it couldn’t make a difference between itself and the environment. But by reducing complexity the … Continue reading

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Interactional Codes

Luhmann discusses various kinds of social system–e.g., society, function systems, organizations, interactions, protest movements. I want to explore interaction systems. There is a horizon of possibilities for interactional codes–the codes used in the fleeting conversations or communicative interactions that happen all … Continue reading

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The code of polite conversation

Sean Ward has a very interesting (and readable) article titled “Functional Differentiation and the Crisis in Early Modern upper-class Conversation: The Second Madame, Interaction, and Isolation.” (2006. Seventeenth-Century French Studies). Ward discusses the breakdown of polite conversation in late 17th-early … Continue reading

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