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Niklas Luhmann on Organisation - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 257
Def Organisation/Luhmann/Habermas: Luhmann: "Social systems that make the recognition of certain expectations of behaviour a condition of membership of the system (...) should be described as formally organised. Only those who accept certain, particularly excellent expectations can become members and remain members of formally organised social systems". (1)
Habermas: while the traditional state is an organization that structures society as a whole, the capitalist enterprise and modern administration are systemically independent units within norm-free subsystems. The organizations that became independent are characterized by the fact that they can make themselves independent of over-all accepted membership conditions of communicatively structured lifeworld contexts, of the conflict-prone concrete value orientations and action dispositions of the persons deported into the organizational environment. (2)


1.N. Luhmann, Zweckbegriff und Systemrationalität, Tübingen 1968, S. 339
2.N. Luhmann Allgemeine Theorie organisierter Sozialsysteme, in: ders. Soziologische Aufklärung, Bd. I, Opladen 1975.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

AU I
N. Luhmann
Introduction to Systems Theory, Lectures Universität Bielefeld 1991/1992
German Edition:
Einführung in die Systemtheorie Heidelberg 1992

Lu I
N. Luhmann
Die Kunst der Gesellschaft Frankfurt 1997

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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