Niklas Luhmann

The Morals of Society

Edited by Detlef Horster
(German title: Die Moral der Gesellschaft)
ca. 402 pages
Niklas Luhmann
Foto: Niklas Luhmann
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Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) was professor for Sociology at the University of Bielefeld.

Major works by Niklas Luhmann:

Liebe als Passion (1982)
Soziale Systeme (1984)
Die Wirtschaft der Gesellschaft (1988)
Die Wissenschaft der Gesellschaft (1992)
Das Recht der Gesellschaft (1993)
Die Kunst der Gesellschaft (1995)
Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft (1997)
Die Politik der Gesellschaft (2000)
Die Religion der Gesellschaft (2000)
Das Erziehungssystem der Gesellschaft (2002)
Die Moral der Gesellschaft (2008)
Liebe. Eine Übung (2008)

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Spanish world rights (Trotta), Japan (Keiso Shobo)

The contemplation of morality


Morality is commonly understood to be the domain of philosophy. And therefore it could appear all the more surprising that Niklas Luhmann – one of the most influential representatives of sociology in the 20th century – from the end of the 1960s until shortly before his death in 1988 continuously worked with questions of a moral-theoretical nature.

This volume presents for the first time Luhmann’s most important texts on a theory of morality. Luhmann’s great project – a theory of society – also defines his view of morality, which he did not, as is often the case in philosophy, observe substantially, but functionally. In his view, in an individualized society the question of how coordinated social actions are possible on the level of interactions is constantly present. Here moralistic rules and conventions, but legal ones as well, acquire their meaning. According to Luhmann, in order to be able to grasp these, a reflective theory of morality is required, whose contours become clear in the essays collected here.

Other publications

Der neue Chef/The New Boss (2016)

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Netherlands (Boom), Korea (Theorie Publishing)

Kontingenz und Recht/Contingency and the Law (2013)

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Spanish world rights (Trotta)

Macht im System/Power in the System (2012)

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Spanish world rights (Herder), Netherlands (Leesmagazijn), Korea (Ghil)

Politische Soziologie/Political Sociology (2010)

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Spanish world rights (Trotta), Chinese Simplex Rights (China Legal Publishing), Korea (Ghil)

Liebe/Love (2008)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish rights Latin America (Prometeo), Chinese complex rights (Wu-Nan Books), France (Diaphanes), Italy (Einaudi), Korea (Theorie Publishing), Serbia (Karpos), Turkey (Edebi)

Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft/The Society of Society (1998)

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English world rights (Stanford UP), Spanish world rights (Herder), Chinese Simplex rights (China Legal), Russia (Logos - published, rights reverted), Italy (Giuffre), Denmark (Reitzels), Korea (Saemulgyul), Japan (Hosei UP), Croatia (Naklada Breza - published, rights reverted)

Die Kunst der Gesellschaft/The Art of Society (1997)

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English world rights (Stanford UP), Spanish world rights (Herder), Chinese Simplex rights (Yilin), Chinese Complex rights (Wu Nan), Italy (Nimesis), Korea (Hangilsa), Japan (Hosei UP)

Liebe als Passion/Love as Passion (1982)

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English world rights (Polity Press), Spanish world rights (Peninsula – published, rights reverted), Chinese complex rights (Wu-Nan Book), Portuguese rights (Difel – published, rights reverted), France (Aubier Montaigne / Flammarion), Italy (Pearson – published, rights reverted), Sweden (Liber AB – published, rights reverted), Korea (Saemulgyul – published, rights reverted), Japan (Bokutakusha), Poland (Scholar – published, rights reverted), Czech Republic (Prostor – published, rights reverted), Romania (Tact), Serbia (Zoran Stojanovic – published, rights reverted), Slovenia (Krtina)