Luhmann’s Main Note to Literature Note Ratio
One thing I realized today from reading Johannes Schmidt’s paper1 is this:
In Luhmann’s second ZK:
- Luhmann had 67,000 Main Notes (aka, Permanent Notes)
- And he had 15,000 Literature Notecards in his bibliography (usually with about 10-15 bullet points of thoughts and page numbers per book or article he read).
This means for each book or article he read, he only creates on average 4 to 5 main notes.
The other bullet points (like the other 10 bullet points) he would just make references to the book and page numbers.
He would go to a card about Ideology for instance and write “For more on Ideology, see Williamson p. 256” for instance.
I think there’s an assumption out there that one ought develop every bullet point literature note they take.
Any thoughts on this?
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