Distinctions as Folds

We might visualize a distinction as a folded sheet of paper. As we fold a sheet of paper, we make…

Managing the future

There is a different sense of time in modern, functionally differentiated society. The temporal distinction in premodern society was time/eternity,…

Risk Management

In a post from last year, I wrote about Luhmann’s Risk: A Sociological Theory (1993 English translation). The main idea is…

Environments (plural)

It’s irritates me whenever I hear someone speak of “the environment,” because there are many environments. There are as many…