Gypsy Reason: Niklas Luhmann's Sociological Enlightenment

Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 5-19, 1999

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 15, 1999

Abstract

Niklas Luhmann died in November 1998. He had been elaborating his theory of the society for more than thirty years which has been well received in many quarters of society in the modern world. Yet somehow we are only now beginning to read him when he is no longer there to be asked. And we are beginning to discuss his work although we cannot invite him to lecture us anymore. The article takes up Luhmann's small and comprehensive book on Husserl and places him, as he did himself, in a tradition of 'enlightenment' which aims for a self-critical constitution of reason.

Keywords: enlightenment, Husserl, Luhmann, sociology

Suggested Citation

Baecker, Dirk, Gypsy Reason: Niklas Luhmann's Sociological Enlightenment (January 15, 1999). Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 5-19, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200799

Dirk Baecker (Contact Author)

Witten/Herdecke University ( email )

Germany

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