Volume 8 · Number 1 · Pages 32-34
Luhmann’s Legacy: Illuminating Constructivism, or Ill-Luhmann-ized Constructs?

Randall Whitaker

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Open peer commentary on the target article “Luhmann and the Constructivist Heritage: A Critical Reflection” by Eva Buchinger. > Upshot: Buchinger’s review of Luhmann’s theoretical framework leads to a conclusion that Luhmann’s consolidation of a kaleidoscopic array of sources represents his primary innovation. However, this conclusion bypasses the question of whether Luhmann’s admirably fused result actually reflects viable – or even valid – applications of those sources he purports to integrate. I shall illustrate grounds for doubt on this question with specific regard to the construct Luhmann most centrally adopted – autopoiesis.


Whitaker R. (2012) Luhmann’s legacy: Illuminating constructivism, or ill-luhmann-ized constructs? Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 32-34. http://constructivist.info/8/1/032

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