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The post-humanism of Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory

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Luhmann (2012, vol 1: 12) declares about his sociological theory, that it is radically anti-humanistic, radically anti-regional and radically constructivist. This short paper tries to introduce to Luhmann’s systems theoretical communication sociology and explain why and how it is anti-humanistic and, in that regard, also post-humanistic. The rationale for presenting the paper at this conference, is to contribute with the explanation of an already fully developed theory which observes itself as a post-humanistic theory. The paper does not go into the observation of non-human observers, or the earth as an observer, as promised in the first abstract (1). It’s a short paper that is just aiming at introducing to and explaining some basic traits of the theory. It refrains from introducing further potentially disturbing aspects and perspectives.

1) If interested in observing how non-humans observe see Bryant 2016; 2011; Tække 2019.
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedPosthumanism 20/20 - Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 7 okt. 20208 okt. 2020


KonferencePosthumanism 20/20
LokationAarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus University


  • Posthumanism, Luhmann, Niklas Luhmann, antihumanism

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