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Volume 63, Issue 4, Fall 2019

New Concepts for Materialism

Jan Overwijk
Pages 1125-1137

Autopoietic System

This essay presents, first, a description of Niklas Luhmann’s notion of autopoietic system. Luhmann theorises society as a self-referential, differential, and posthuman communication system that constitutes meaning. Then, second, it defends Luhmann against the new materialist challenge that stresses the role of matter in meaning-making.

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