How Do Systems Fall in Love?

Lacanian Explorations of Niklas Luhmann’s Communicative Theory

Duane Rousselle

This essay explores Niklas Luhmann’s contemporary sociological theory of love from the perspective of Lacanian psychoanalysis. It proposes a reading of its underlying systems approach according to what Jacques-Alain Miller names ‘ordinary psychosis.’ These perspectives expose a number of difficulties inherent to Luhmann’s approach.

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