Chapter 6. Karl Mannheim and Alois Riegl: From Art History to the Sociology of Culture

  1. Dana Arnold Professor of Architectural History
  1. Jeremy Tanner Reader in Classical

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324716.ch6

Art History

Art History

How to Cite

Tanner, J. (2010) Karl Mannheim and Alois Riegl: From Art History to the Sociology of Culture, in Art History (ed D. Arnold), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324716.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of Southampton UK

Author Information

  1. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333596

Online ISBN: 9781444324716



  • Karl Mannheim and Alois Riegl - from art history to sociology of culture;
  • Karl Mannheim, not much read today by art historians - or sociologists of art;
  • Mannheim's paradigm for sociology of culture - classic study ‘Conservative thought’;
  • Mannheim and Panofsky - dialogue and divergence;
  • ‘On the interpretation of Weltanschauung’ - establishing cultural sciences;
  • Mannheim, and ‘a phenomenological analysis - intentional acts directed towards cultural objects’;
  • Mannheim, distinguishing three levels of meaning - cultural objects, objective, expressive and documentary;
  • concept of ‘conjunctive knowledge’ - subject–object relationship characteristic of socio-cultural knowledge;
  • styles of thought - art-historical foundations, of Mannheim's sociology of culture;
  • Mannheim's synthesis of sociology and art history - renewed intellectual challenge and stimulus


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Mannheim and Panofsky: Dialogue and Divergence

  • Mannheim's Riegl

  • Styles of Thought: The Art-Historical Foundations of Mannheim's Sociology of Culture

  • Epilogue: After Mannheim

  • Conclusions