Does Systems Differentiation Present a Risk for Contemporary Society?

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Title:Does Systems Differentiation Present a Risk for Contemporary Society?
Creators:
Šubrt, Jiří; jiri dot subrt at ff dot cuni dot cz; FF UK, Celetná 20, Praha 1, 116 42, Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Teorie vědy / Theory of Science, 31, 2, pp. 25-39
Uncontrolled Keywords:systems differentiation; subsystems; self-reference; media; codes; risk; supervision

Abstract

For Niklas Luhmann modern society is a functionally differentiated society, i. e. it is composed of heterogeneous but equal parts which are relatively independent and are defined as social subsystems. Luhmann’s analysis presents contemporary society as a whole differentiated into functionally dependent yet autonomous sub-systems that constitute neighbouring worlds for each other. This raises the question of the existence or non-existence of potential unifying forces or integration mechanisms. In Luhmann’s view the main problem is the non-existence of means of “metacommunication”. The development of specialised media and codes in the individual sub-systems increases the overall complexity of the social system, but does not entail the metacommunication that would make possible the self-observation and self-reference of the social system as a whole.

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Title:Does Systems Differentiation Present a Risk for Contemporary Society?
Creators:
Šubrt, Jiří; jiri dot subrt at ff dot cuni dot cz; FF UK, Celetná 20, Praha 1, 116 42, Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:systems differentiation; subsystems; self-reference; media; codes; risk; supervision
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of Philosophy > Teorie vědy (Theory of Science)
Journal or Publication Title:Teorie vědy / Theory of Science
Volume:31
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 25-39
ISSN:1210-0250
Publisher:Kabinet pro studium vědy, techniky a společnosti při Filosofickém ústavu Akademie věd České republiky
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ID Code:5948
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:11 Jun 2010 22:57
Last Modified:11 Jun 2010 22:57

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Šubrt, Jiří (2009) Does Systems Differentiation Present a Risk for Contemporary Society? Teorie vědy / Theory of Science, 31 (2). pp. 25-39. ISSN 1210-0250

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