The Undecidability of Decision
Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen
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Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Blaagaardsgade 23 B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
No 12/2001, Working Papers from Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy
This article addresses the phenomenon of decision. I want to examine the possibilities of defining the question of decision within a communication-theoretical systems theory. In this context communication theory is defined in opposition to theory of action. The aim is to view decisions as communication rather than action and therefore also to free theory of action from any behavioural theory including the reduction of decisions to an underlying agent-born intentionality of either rational or symbolic character. The communication-theoretical recasting of the question of decision will take as its starting point the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann and his theory about social systems of communication. Moreover, I will draw on writers like Jacques Derrida, George Spencer-Brown, and Heinz von Foerster.
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