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Luhmann, Niklas
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(Dec 8, 1927, Lüneburg, near Hamburg – Nov 6, 1998, Oerlinghausen, near Bielefeld, Westphalia), one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century. Luhmann viewed sociology as the most important academic discipline of modernity and developed a conceptually highly ambitious version of sociological systems theory. After taking a degree in law, he began a career in Lüneburg's public administration followed by service in the ministry of education and cultural affairs of Lower Saxony. After studying sociology with T. Parsons…

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Hesse, Heidrun, “Luhmann, Niklas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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