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The Differentiation of Art

The Autonomy of Art

Author(s): Niklas Luhmann
Contributor(s): Ivan Popov (Translator)
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Aesthetics, Special Branches of Philosophy, Sociology, Philosophy of Mind, History and theory of sociology, Sociology of the arts, business, education
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: sociology of art; system theory; art history; Niklas Luhmann

Summary/Abstract: In the following two texts, Niklas Luhmann discusses the emergence and the differentiation of art as a social system. This process begins during the Renaissance and reaches its full-scale development with Romanticism, around the end of the 18th century. Of central importance is Luhmann’s account of communication, understood as behavior coordinated by symbolically generalized social codes. The German sociologist analyzes how the system of art functions today and criticizes the meaning that the concepts of “artist” and “spectator” have acquired in the Modern Age.

  • Issue Year: XXVIII/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 114-134
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English, Bulgarian