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Valentinov on “The Ethics of Functional Differentiation”

Through the establishment of human rights, the legal system can check the expansion of the political system, the economy, religion, science, and other function systems. But we might also talk about morality when dealing with behavior that isn’t treated within … Continue reading

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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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Love as Passion

These a few notes and reflections on the early chapters of Luhmann’s Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (English translation, 1986). Marriage based on love, or the love marriage, evolved to solve a particular social problem. It isn’t just … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences, continued

Here is an interesting case of unintended consequences. In the US, illegal immigrants may file federal tax returns. Apparently about 4.5 million undocumented immigrants do so. There is an obvious incentive to file: a chance to get a refund. Johnson … Continue reading

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Society-Mind-Body

Some tentative, half-formed thoughts . . . As Hans-Georg Moeller writes in The Radical Luhmann, Luhmann addressed the ancient mind/body problem by posing a triad–social system-psychic system-biological system (or society-mind-body). These are different kinds of autopoietic systems, and each is the … Continue reading

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Shared post from Larval Subjects

The following is a shared post from the Larval Subject blog. I was most interested in what Levi says here about affect and passion, as I’ve been trying to understand this problem recently, though the whole post is great. This … Continue reading

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