Monthly Archives: May 2017

Homo politicus, homo economicus, legalis homo, etc.

We may reduce the complexity of the human condition by highlighting one function system, such as the politics, as in Aristotle’s claim that man is a political animal (homo politicus), or we can follow John Stuart Mill speak of Homo … Continue reading

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Ego, alter, and black boxes

The concepts of ego and alter should leave open whether they concern psychic or social systems . . . (Social Systems, p. 106) When Luhmann refers to ego and alter, as in discussions of double contingency, it is easy to … Continue reading

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The Harmonious Society

In Law as a Social System, Luhmann wrote, A functionally differentiated society is anything but a harmonious society with inbuilt guarantees of stability. (481) One could argue that the Chinese Communist Party’s emphasis on the “Socialist Harmonious Society,” which is … Continue reading

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International Law in a Post-Post-Cold War World

This post is related to previous posts on the legal system, as well as the political system. Notes on “International Law in a Post-Post-Cold War World—Can It Survive? Current Challenges to International Law” by Alison Pert (2017). All quotes are … Continue reading

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Resonance capability, continued

This post continues a line of thinking from previous posts on affect and resonance capability. Affect is all about resonance capability. For instance, in teaching we say we want students to “relate to” or connect with the course content. We want … Continue reading

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The Legal System and Property Rights

This is more global brain wave research. When looking deeper into the legal system, in addition to human rights, another 2-gram we can look at is property rights. Rights and property were among the five terms used to chart the legal … Continue reading

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