Luhmann and Matter (unfinished draft) — Communication: Reflections on Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems Theory

When discussing organizations, which Luhmann argues consist entirely of decision-based communication, one might ask about buildings, desks, chairs, telephones, computers, electricity, as well as human beings. Aren’t these things essential to most organizations? Shut off the electricity or the Internet access and most organizations stop functioning. Thus, a common criticism of social systems theory relates to materialism or material agency.

via Luhmann and Matter (unfinished draft) — Communication: Reflections on Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems Theory

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