Luhmann on Law and Politics

Critical Appraisals and Applications

Michael King (Redaktør) ; Chris Thornhill (Redaktør)

Serie: Onati International Series in Law and Society 16

Perhaps more than any other social theorist in recent history, Niklas Luhmann's work has aroused extreme, and often antagonistic, responses. It has generated controversies about its political implications, its resolute anti-humanism and its ambitious critique of more established definitions of society, social theory and sociology. Les mer
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Perhaps more than any other social theorist in recent history, Niklas Luhmann's work has aroused extreme, and often antagonistic, responses. It has generated controversies about its political implications, its resolute anti-humanism and its ambitious critique of more established definitions of society, social theory and sociology. Now, however, a steadily growing number of scholars working in many different disciplines have begun to use aspects of Luhmann's sociology as an important methodological stimulus and as a theoretical framework for reorientating their studies. This collection of essays includes critical and reconstructive contributions by a number of distinguished social theorists, political theorists, legal scholars and empirical sociologists. Together, they provide evidence of Luhmann's extensive and diverse relevance to the issues facing contemporary society, and, at the same time, they enhance our understanding of the challenges posed by his theoretical paradigm to more traditional conceptions of social theory.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction Michael King and Chris Thornhill I. Theory and Practice in Law One: Reflections on reflexive law John Paterson Two: What's the use of Luhmann's theory? Michael King II. Politics, Law and Human Rights Three: From subject to system: Some unsystematic systems-theoretical thoughts on race equality and human rights W. Tim Murphy Four: Luhmann's theory of politics: Politics after metaphysics? Chris Thornhill Five: Systems theory and the paradox of human rights Gert Verschraegen Six: The problem of power in Luhmann's systems theory Samantha Ashenden Seven: What is modern power? Jean Clam III. Critical responses Eight: Some observations on Luhmann's concept of society and social anthropologyAnne Friederike Mller Nine: Luhmann's theories Bernd Hornung Ten: Dealing (with) paradoxes: On law, justice and cheating Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Om forfatteren

Michael King is Emeritus Professor at the School of Law, University or Reading. Chris Thornhill is Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.