David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (4):408-432 (2007)
Social systems theory has been dominated in recent years by the work of Niklas Luhmann, but there is another strand of systems thinking, which is receiving increasing attention in sociology: emergentism. For emergentism, the core problems of systems thinking are concerned with causation and reductionism; for Luhmann, they are questions of meaning and self-reference. Arguing from an emergentist perspective, the article finds that emergentism addresses its own core problem successfully, while Luhmann's approach is incapable of resolving questions of causation and reductionism. On the other hand, neither paradigm yet has a convincing response to the challenges of meaning and self-reference. Key Words: social systems emergence paradigms autopoiesis critical realism.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Mauricio Salgado & Nigel Gilbert (2013). Emergence and Communication in Computational Sociology. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 43 (1):87-110.
John Mingers (2011). The Contribution of Systemic Thought to Critical Realism. Journal of Critical Realism 10 (3):303-330.
Stephen Pratten (2013). Critical Realism and the Process Account of Emergence. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 43 (3):251-279.
Similar books and articles
Gerhard Wagner (1997). The End of Luhmann's Social Systems Theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (4):387-409.
Emilio Gonzalez-Diaz (2004). Paradox, Time, and de-Paradoxication in Luhmann: No Easy Way Out. World Futures 60 (1 & 2):15 – 27.
Poul Kjaer (2006). Systems in Context: On the Outcome of the Habermas/Luhmann Debate. Ancilla Iuris 1:66-77.
Hans Henrik Bruun (2008). Objectivity, Value Spheres, and "Inherent Laws": On Some Suggestive Isomorphisms Between Weber, Bourdieu, and Luhmann. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (1):97-120.
Niklas Luhmann (2008). Law as a Social System. OUP Oxford.
Hans-Ulrich Dallmann (1998). Niklas Luhmann's Systems Theory as a Challenge for Ethics. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 1 (1):85-102.
Antoon Braeckman (2006). Niklas Luhmann's Systems Theoretical Redescription of the Inclusion/Exclusion Debate. Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (1):65-88.
Alex Viskovatoff (1999). Foundations of Niklas Luhmann's Theory of Social Systems. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (4):481-516.
P. Y.-Z. Wan (2011). Emergence a la Systems Theory: Epistemological Totalausschluss or Ontological Novelty? Philosophy of the Social Sciences 41 (2):178-210.
Niklas Luhmann (1989). Ecological Communication. Polity Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads59 ( #71,775 of 1,839,103 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #466,493 of 1,839,103 )
How can I increase my downloads?