By Niklas Luhmann
Synthesizing ways as disparate because the philosophy of language, historic linguistics, deconstruction, and formal platforms theory/cybernetics, A structures conception of Religion takes on vital themes that variety from religion's that means and evolution to secularization, turning a long time of sociological assumptions on their head. It offers us with a clean vocabulary and a clean philosophical and sociological method of considered one of society's so much basic phenomena.
Read Online or Download A systems theory of religion PDF
Similar religious studies books
Peter Berger is the main influential modern sociologist of faith. This choice of essays is the 1st in-depth examine of his contribution to the sector, offering a entire creation to his paintings and to present inspiration within the research of faith. issues addressed contain: * Berger on faith and theology* faith, spirituality and the discontents of modernity* Secularization and de-secularizationA postscript by way of Peter Berger, responding to the essays, completes this evaluation of this significant figure's paintings.
This can be a booklet approximately ladies who're altering the area as leaders within the public enviornment. even if Christian, Jewish or Muslim―their paintings is religiously or spiritually prompted. they're spiritual or socio-ethical marketers, who've invented companies or events to fix the area. What formed and shaped them?
A platforms idea of faith, nonetheless unfinished at Niklas Luhmann's dying in 1998, was once first released in German years later because of the editorial paintings of André Kieserling. certainly one of Luhmann's most crucial initiatives, it exemplifies his later paintings whereas redefining the subject material of the sociology of faith.
The curious reader who percentages in this quantity could ask yourself why a booklet that has been out of print for almost 40 years is being republished; and what's extra, re-published in its unique shape, with none try out at revision. a part of the answer's to be present in the introductory remark by means of Lois in its strength curiosity as an “historical artifact” and there may even have been enormous hindrances to beat if this paintings rather used to be to be introduced up to date.
Extra resources for A systems theory of religion
28 However, that result does not mean one has to stop asking questions since, in the framework of distinction theory, identity is a rather unsettling concept. Let us continue with this approach by considering that operations in general and observations in particular are not possible as distinct events but instead presuppose recursive networks by which such events reproduce themselves and by which this reproductive context is marked off from an environment that contributes only resources and interruptions.
One has to conclude that every meaning (and thus every ultimate meaning too) can only maintain its own unity as a paradox, as a sameness of affirmation and negation, of true and untrue, of good and bad (or whatever positive or negative fixations one might choose). Consequently, there is no unity on which everything else can be grounded. Whatever is determined has to accept the form of unfolding a paradox—that is, replacing the unity of paradox by distinguishing among definable identities (in a way that is somehow plausible but also historically relative).
Meaning as a medium cannot, then, be negated. Indeed, if it is to be possible as an operation, every negation assumes that the negated is determined or assigned a meaning. The unity of meaning and non-meaning is in turn meaningful. And one need not have a “meaning criterion” for it, which would only lead to the question of whether the criterion itself is meaningful or not. In the medium of meaning, of course, one is able to think that there are entities such as stones (for instance), entities for which the world has no meaning.
A systems theory of religion by Niklas Luhmann