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During this ebook, Mathias Albert develops an formidable theoretical framework that describes international politics as a selected social process set in the wider political process of worldwide society. Albert's research of the historic evolution and modern kind of international politics takes the speculation of social differentiation as its place to begin. global politics is a selected, really fresh kind of politics and Albert exhibits how the advance of a unique approach of global politics first started in the course of the lengthy 19th century. The e-book is going directly to determine the several kinds of social differentiation that underlie the diversity of latest sorts of organizing political authority in international politics. applying sociological and ancient views, A concept of worldwide Politics additionally displays severely on its relation to money owed of worldwide politics within the box of diplomacy and should attract a large readership in a number of fields.

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Stichweh deals differently with the problem that the two components of world society, world and society, are co-extensive, but that world society does not suddenly appear as such at a given point in time. Rather than distinguishing between different dimensions of ‘world’, he distinguishes between a phenomenological notion of world and a structural notion of society; see Stichweh (2000: 237ff). The qualification ‘social’ could be seen as important here if one follows Luhmann, who argues that, next to world society as the all-inclusive social system, psychic systems (individual consciousnesses) are also systems based on processing meaning.

To the degree to which engagement with world history grew more complex in the face of an integration which was actually taking place, the social sciences turned towards specialised partial disciplines with objects of research which could be verified empirically. They dealt with all regions of the world as well, but preferred a partial approach, in contrast to a world history still dreaming about the whole. 2 While in both name and ambition world exhibitions claimed to represent the world, as they still do up to the present day, nation-states became more and more important over the years.

However – and here he is still following Parsons – he also sees functional differentiation as having a (partly manifest, partly latent) centrifugal effect on the ‘lifeworld’, from which the social systems are increasingly decoupled. This is the starting point for Habermas’s entire project, which is to reflect upon the ways in which society can be held together. The answer in a nutshell is communicative action, that is, the philosophically grounded idea that there are universal standards of validity in language underlying any truth claim, and that in any kind of ideal, non-authoritarian discourse (‘herrschaftsfreier Diskurs’), the ‘forceless force of the better argument’ will prevail.

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