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On second-order observation and genuine pretending: Coming to terms with society
Moeller,Hans Georg
2017
Source PublicationThesis Eleven
ISSN0725-5136
Volume143Issue:1Pages:28-43
AbstractThis paper discusses the meaning of the concept of ‘second-order observation’ used by Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998). Luhmann identifies second-order observation as a defining characteristic of modern world society. According to Luhmann, all social systems construct a social reality on the basis of the observation of observations. Rating agencies in the economy or the peer-review process in the academic system are examples of social mechanisms manifesting second-order observation. Social media also represent organized second-order observation. The paper suggests that in a society based on second-order observation, ‘genuine pretending’ is an adequate mode of existence. This notion is derived from the Daoist text Zhuangzi. It indicates a disassociation from social roles which allows their performers to exercise these roles with ease and, at the same time, maintain a state of sanity.
KeywordDaoism Genuine pretending Niklas luhmann Second-order observation
DOI10.1177/0725513617740968
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Language英语
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CollectionUniversity of Macau
AffiliationUniversity of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Moeller,Hans Georg. On second-order observation and genuine pretending: Coming to terms with society[J]. Thesis Eleven,2017,143(1):28-43.
APA Moeller,Hans Georg.(2017).On second-order observation and genuine pretending: Coming to terms with society.Thesis Eleven,143(1),28-43.
MLA Moeller,Hans Georg."On second-order observation and genuine pretending: Coming to terms with society".Thesis Eleven 143.1(2017):28-43.
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