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The Social and the Political in Luhmann

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Authors
Kim, Joohyung
Issue Date
2016-01-15
Citation
Contemporary Political Theory, Vol.14 No.4, pp. 355–376
Keywords
Luhmannsystems theorycritiquethe socialthe politicalFoucault
Abstract
This article examines Luhmanns contributions to contemporary political theory from a different light than has been made available thus far in Anglo-American political theory. More specifically, I argue that social systems theory makes a provoking and productive intervention in the ongoing debate on competing conceptions of critique and normativity. I first compare Luhmanns approach with that of Foucaults and show that systems theory powerfully interrogates the sociological validity of the structure of normativity often found in the currently prominent liberal-universalist political theory. Later in the article, however, I identify a central theoretical problem in Luhmanns brand of systems theory – namely a highly constricted notion of politics. This, I argue, stems from a strong apolitical structure of its overarching concept, the social. I trace this problem by analyzing the peculiar character of Luhmanns normativism, or what I call reluctant normativism, and then by putting his central concepts alongside the recent developments in the theories of the political.
ISSN
1470-8914
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/95191
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/cpt.2014.53
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