Consciousness system


Vol 6, No 1: 2019
Theoretical Study(ies)
March 17, 2019


The aim of the current essay is to present the focal points of what Niklas Luhmann describes as human consciousness. Luhmann recognizes consciousness as an entity and reality, which cannot be reduced to other disciplines such as biology or sociology. The whatness and features of consciousness become clear through identifying the internal structures, procedures, elements, and logic of consciousness itself. Luhmann attempted to show all of these through having a systemic view of consciousness. He recognizes consciousness as an autopoietic system whose rule-governedness and specific boundaries separate it from biology and society.