Nico Stehr

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This paper is designed to advance the view that it is important to move, particularly within social science discourse from the notion that climate determines to the idea that climate matters. It is in this context that the significant tradition of climatic determinism is crucial. Today climatic determinism lives a strange double existence: It is a widely(More)
In this paper, we critically examine and contextualize Niklas Luhmann’s analysis of the modern mass media. Aside from features of the political economy of the day, the motor that nourishes and sustains the alleged trajectory of modern societies toward ”mass societies“ is, in the eyes of many observers, the growing significance of the media, increasingly(More)
This chapter covers theories of the modern information age in a number of steps: First, there is a description of some of the intellectual precursors that give rise to the notion that we are living in an information or knowledge age. Second, an enumeration of some of the perspectives that lead to the idea of modern societies as knowledge or information(More)
From the beginning of the scienti® c revolution, scientists, philosophers, and laypersons have been concerned about the eå ects of knowledge on social relations. Although views diå er about the details of this knowledge± society interface, most observers have understood that the kind of knowledge that emanates from established science can indeed be quite(More)
As Prof. Wierzbicki said in his speech at JAIST Forum 2006, “we are living in times of an informational revolution and this revolution leads to a new civilization era, in which knowledge plays a more and more important role than just information. We might say a new knowledge civilization era is starting”. It is clear that, in order to keep sustaining(More)