Discourse Learning and Social Evolution
The Emergence of Novelty
By Max Miller
Routledge – 2013 – 256 pages
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
This key book is at the cutting edge of academic research within this sphere of sociology. How discourse develops in children is a critical concept for discourse learning (the development of basic premises of knowledge). This important work takes this idea and applies it to social groups and systems.
1. Introduction 2. Learning How to Contradict and Still Pursue a Common End 3. Argumentation and Cognition 4. Moral Discourse 5. Discourse and Morality: Two Case Studies of Social Conflicts in a Segmentary and a Functionally Differentiated Society 6. Intersystemic Discourse and Coordinated Dissensus 7. Why Darwinism Fails in Explaining Social and Cultural Evolution 8. Planning and Evolution 9. Some Theoretical Aspects of Systemic Learning 10. Commentaries to 'Some Theoretical Aspects of Systemic Learning' 11. Who Conducts a Discourse: A Reply to my Commentators