Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists
and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many
books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that
has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines.
In Introduction to Systems Theory, Luhmann explains the
key ideas of general and sociological systems theory and supplies a
wealth of examples to illustrate his approach. The book offers a
wide range of concepts and theorems that can be applied to politics
and the economy, religion and science, art and education,
organization and the family. Moreover, Luhmann?s ideas
address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as
cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements.
This book provides all the necessary resources for readers to
work through the foundations of systems theory ? no other
work by Luhmann is as clear and accessible as this. There is also
much here that will be of great interest to more advanced scholars
and practitioners in sociology and the social sciences.