Title
The late Niklas Luhmann' on Religion: an overview The late Niklas Luhmann' on Religion: an overview
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Louvain ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Social compass. - Louvain
Volume/pages
48(2001) :1 , p. 7-20
ISSN
0037-7686
1461-7404
ISI
000167950300002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
The authors present an overview of the main developments in Niklas Luhmann's approach to religion after the publication of Funktion der Religion (1977). Particular attention is given to Luhmann's definition of religion in terms of the distinction between the observable and the unobservable. This characterization corresponds to a highly specific view of religion as a functional subsystem within modern society. Religious communication, argues Luhmann, is distinguished from all other forms of communication because of its reference to the binary code of immanence/transcendence.FrançaisLes auteurs présentent une synthèse des changements les plus importants survenus dans l'approche de la religion de Niklas Luhmann après la publication de Funktion der Religion (1977). Ils accordent une attention particulière à la définition du phénomène religieux en faisant la distinction entre observable et non observable. A cette définition correspond une vision très spécifique de la religion comme sous-système fonctionnel de la société mo-derne. Luhmann argumente que la communication religieuse se distingue de toutes les autres formes de communication par sa référence au code binaire immanence/transcendance
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