Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Niklas Luhmann

"I think that Luhmann is the one precise genius within the social sciences alive at the present time. by way of this, I suggest that not just is he clever, super efficient, and amazingly erudite, although all this can be actual sufficient, but in addition that he has, during an implausible profession, elaborated a thought of the social that perfectly reinvents sociology and destroys its such a lot adored dogmas." So wrote Stephen Fuchs in his Contemporary Sociology assessment of Luhmann's significant theoretical paintings, Social Systems (Stanford, 1995). during this quantity, Luhmann analyzes the evolution of affection in Western Europe from the 17th century to the present.


"Luhmann's targeted, huge, theory-building attempt is healthier defined as a constant try to installation the instruments and the inspirations of 3 concepts: glossy details idea, structuralism, and evolutionary idea. . . . possibly not anything conveys extra poignantly Luhmann's strange combination of clinical precision with creative sensibility than his substitute of Parson's 'reciprocity of viewpoint' together with his personal 'interpersonal interpenetration.' the 1st is cool, calculating, cognitive, and dispassionate; the second one connotes a richness of courting that leaves no human school unmoved. . . . Luhmann's paintings is critical simply because, arguably, it comes nearer than all different sociological recommendations to restoring the misplaced hyperlink among academically respected social theorizing and the subjective adventure of life." —American magazine of Sociology

"There is a dearth of analytical writing concerning the feelings and sentiments that appear to inspire such a lot human motion, at the least in daily dialogue, even supposing a few researchers are making a few efforts to treatment this example. Luhmann's Love as Passion is a phenomenal contribution to this rising pattern . . . filled with novel info and interesting ideas." —Contemporary Sociology

Show sample text content

Download sample