TITLE

Säen und Ernten: Quantentheorie sozial- und (welt-)gesellschaftstheoretisch weitergedacht

AUTHOR(S)
Stetter, Stephan
PUB. DATE
December 2016
SOURCE
Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB);dez2016, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p188
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article engages with Alexander Wendt’s Quantum Mind and Social Science. In the first part I discuss the manifold insightful and largely convincing epistemological claims Wendt makes in his attempt to unify social and physical ontology with the help of quantum theorizing. I also highlight some, in my view, essential linkages to radical constructivist theories that Wendt’s analysis misses. These linkages could help in projecting the epistemological insights generated in his book much deeper into the ontological territory of social theory and global history. By drawing in particular from modem systems theory and world society theory, I highlight two aspects. Firstly, I claim that Wendt’s work would have profited from a more careful distinction between the unity and the distinction between society and consciousness, as is developed, for example, in modem systems theory. Secondly, I critically examine Wendt’s somewhat simplistic approach to the study of society and politics and propose a much greater dose of social and world society theory as well as global history perspectives as antidotes. The quantum seeds sown by Wendt onto the fields of social theory could turn into a rich harvest if complemented by adequately rich social theory and global history, as, for example, provided by modem systems theory and world society theory.
ACCESSION #
120515334

 

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