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The Legitimacy of Rules in Art

Author(s): Ivan Popov
Subject(s): Aesthetics, Theory of Communication, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: sociology; game; rule-following; legitimacy; sociology of art; definitions of art

Summary/Abstract: The text takes into consideration the application of the notion of game to the processes and mental attitudes in the world of art, as well the benefits of adopting such an explanatory strategy for the purposes of philosophical aesthetics. The conceptual contradiction between the freedom of self-expression and the compelling nature of rule-following is what makes it fruitful to talk of art as a game and enables a comparison between those two cultural activities. By directing the focus of the discussion to the sociology of art and Pierre Bourdieu’s reasoning, the article explicates the methodological conflict between historicism and essentialism in theorizing on art, revealing some non-obvious parallels with attempts in philosophy and history of art to provide an ontological type of definition, derived from certain traditions in the humanities that have been developing independently from one another. The discussion on the adequate way to talk about art in terms of game proceeds to analyze the source of legitimacy of the rules in art, i.e., the source of their normative validity for the participants in the processes of creation and reception of works of art. The text concludes with an ontological interpretation of the reasons for the legitimacy of rules in art.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 88-101
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English, Bulgarian