Primary sources on Luhmann's system
This is my attempt to account for primary sources on Luhmann's zettelkasten, not secondary resources. Have I overlooked anything? I would appreciate any additional insights.
- The slip box itself implicitly contains the techniques of work. However, extracting and analyzing these techniques is not an easy task.
- Inside of Luhmann's Zettelkasten there is a series of entries on the principles of note-taking.
- Luhmann's system theory has many parallels with his understanding of Zettelkästen, as the slip box is also a system.
- The article “Kommunikation mit Zettelkästen. Öffentliche Meinung und Sozialer Wandel.” Here, Luhmann openly shares his thoughts on the nuances of the system.
- Luhmann's insightful interview with Dirk Baecker and Georg Stanitzek in the book “Niklas Luhmann. Archimedes und wir Interviews” delves into his writing practices.
- Another interview that delves into Luhmann's working style is his conversation with Wolfgang Hagen in “Warum haben Sie keinen Fernseher, Herr Luhmann? Letzte Gespräche mit Niklas Luhmann.”
- There's a three-minute segment in the documentary “Niklas Luhmann - Beobachter im Krähennest” where Luhmann showcases his system.
- There are almost certainly scattered memories of Luhmann's students and colleagues. He told many people about his Zettelkästen.