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Teória systémov, poznanie a literatúra


Klinkert, Thomas (2022). Teória systémov, poznanie a literatúra. World Literature Studies, 14(4):3-13.

Abstract

This article suggests that the relationship between literature and knowledge can be described more precisely through elements of Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory, which is presented with a focus on its relevant concepts (autopoiesis, functional differentiation, second-order observation, symbolically generalized communication medium, etc.) For Luhmann, truth is not the expression of an adaequatio rei, but a symbolically generalized communication medium that participates in the autopoiesis of communication. As the article argues, fictionality can also be regarded as a symbolically generalized communication medium, and the as-if character of fictional discourse enables the inclusion of knowledge elements, although they are textually indistinguishable as such from non-knowledge elements. This is interpreted as an expression of the “paradoxical foundation of all knowledge” described by Luhmann. Paradoxically, literary fiction can make contributions to the production of knowledge, as will be briefly demonstrated in the conclusion with three examples (Sigmund Freud, Luigi Pirandello, and Yannick Haenel).

Abstract

This article suggests that the relationship between literature and knowledge can be described more precisely through elements of Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory, which is presented with a focus on its relevant concepts (autopoiesis, functional differentiation, second-order observation, symbolically generalized communication medium, etc.) For Luhmann, truth is not the expression of an adaequatio rei, but a symbolically generalized communication medium that participates in the autopoiesis of communication. As the article argues, fictionality can also be regarded as a symbolically generalized communication medium, and the as-if character of fictional discourse enables the inclusion of knowledge elements, although they are textually indistinguishable as such from non-knowledge elements. This is interpreted as an expression of the “paradoxical foundation of all knowledge” described by Luhmann. Paradoxically, literary fiction can make contributions to the production of knowledge, as will be briefly demonstrated in the conclusion with three examples (Sigmund Freud, Luigi Pirandello, and Yannick Haenel).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
Language:Slovak
Date:2022
Deposited On:24 Jan 2023 13:46
Last Modified:28 Feb 2024 02:45
Publisher:Slovenska Akademie Vied * Ustav Svetovej Literatury
ISSN:1337-9690
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.31577/WLS.2022.14.4.1
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: Slovenian