Kybernetes: Volume 51 Issue 5


The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences

Table of contents - Special Issue: Moral communication. Observed with social systems theory

Guest Editors: Steffen Roth, Klaus Brønd Laursen, Gorm Harste

Moral communication observed with social systems theory. An introduction

Klaus Brønd Laursen, Gorm Harste, Steffen Roth

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

Moral communication and legal uncertainty in small and medium enterprises

Jan Winczorek

The links between moral communication and legal communication have long been studied in sociology of law. Little has yet been said about moral communication invoking when…

Diabolical perspectives on healthy morality in times of COVID-19

Lars Clausen

The paper combines the systems theoretical perspective on the evolution of societal differentiation and the emergence of codes in communication. By combining the approach…

Niklas Luhmann's anti-totalitarian observation of systems

Gorm Harste, Klaus Brønd Laursen

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the philosophical roots of Luhmann's theory in relation to its anti-totalitarian elements.

Systems-theoretical observations of moral media panic debates

Jesper Tække

The purpose of this paper is to examine and analyse the fierce debate regarding children and young people’s use of digital social media, going on in Denmark (and in many…

Adaptive governance: learning from what organizations do and managing the role they play

Kristof van Assche, Vladislav Valentinov, Gert Verschraegen

The purpose of this paper is to deepen the understanding of adaptive governance, which is advocated for as a manner to deal with dramatic changes in society and/or…


Society and the moral semantics of the COVID-19 pandemic: a social systems approach

Francisco X. Morales

In a context of critical transition such as the COVID-19 pandemic, moral semantics take a prominent role as a form of self-description of society. However, they are not…

Demoralizing: integrating J.D. Peters’ communication “chasm” with Niklas Luhmann’s (1989) ecological communication to analyze climate change mitigation inaction

Jacob A. Miller

The purpose of this paper is to explain the US society’s insignificant mitigation of climate change using Niklas Luhmann’s (1989) autopoietic social systems theory in…

Escalating complexity and fragmentation of mental health service systems: the role of recovery as a form of moral communication

Nicholas Weaver

Theoretical generalisation provides the basis for tackling problems of service complexity, fragmentation and disrupted care pathways.

An allergy of society: on the question of how a societal “lockdown” becomes possible

Jörg Räwel

Given the form of functional differentiation of modern society, a far-reaching coordination of functional systems as a dissolution of their heterarchical relationship to…

Fighting the virus, “hunting the witches” – moralizing in public discourses during the coronavirus pandemic in Croatia

Krešimir Žažar

The purpose of the paper is to discuss particular features of the public debate around the COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation strategies in Croatian media from the…

The demoralization of society and the proliferation of organization

Kurt Rachlitz, Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel, Ronja Friedl

In this paper, the authors aim to clarify the relationship between organization and society. They argue that the proliferation of organization in modernity has not yet…

Double symmetry in Niklas Luhmann's moral communication

Ayumi Higuchi

This study aims to review Luhmann's theory of moral communication while focusing on symmetry conditions, in light of Armin Nassehi's criticism, to clarify issues regarding…

Roots, shoots, fruits: William Blake and J M Robertson: two key influences on George Spencer-Brown's work and the latter's relationship to Niklas Luhmann's work

Leon Conrad

Blake is relatively well-known, but who was J M Robertson? What's his connection with George Spencer-Brown? And how exactly did J M Robertson influence George Spencer-Brown?

The circular economy: rearranging structural couplings and the paradox of moral-based sustainability-enhancing feedback

Margit Neisig

Circular Economy is a policy and practice-oriented concept drawing mainly on engineering and natural science. This paper aims to contribute a conceptual development based…

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