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Moral communication observed with social systems theory. An introduction

Klaus Brønd Laursen (Department of Management, Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark) (Next Society Institute, Kazimieras Simonavicius University, Vilnius, Lithuania)
Gorm Harste (Department of Political Science, Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark)
Steffen Roth (Department of Strategy, Excelia Business School, La Rochelle, France) (Next Society Institute, Kazimieras Simonavicius University, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 8 March 2022

Issue publication date: 29 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The present article pertains to recent advances in social systems theoretical analyses of moral communication.

Design/methodology/approach

An introduction to basic concepts and requirements for systems-theoretical approaches to morality and communication is provided, as is an introduction to 14 contributions to a pertinent special issue of Kybernetes.

Findings

The review of these 14 cases suggests that social systems theory enables researchers to study moral communication without necessarily performing it.

Originality/value

This article reappraises and challenges Niklas Luhmann's occasionally distanced attitude to morality, which has occasionally been understood as a form of moral communication itself.

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Citation

Laursen, K.B., Harste, G. and Roth, S. (2022), "Moral communication observed with social systems theory. An introduction", Kybernetes, Vol. 51 No. 5, pp. 1653-1665. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-01-2022-0059

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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