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Adumbrations of a Philosophical Aesthetics

  • Thomas Nemeth
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Abstract

We look in this chapter at the history of aesthetic philosophies in Russia prior to Solov’ëv’s emergence. Aesthetics was one of the first philosophical sub-disciplines to appear in Russia. Displaying no familiarity with these theories, the early Solov’ëv placed aesthetics alongside ethics and epistemology. In his most detailed treatment of aesthetics, he posited that just as the goal of knowledge is objective truth, so the goal of human creativity is objective beauty. The founding of an academic journal devoted to philosophy and psychology, Voprosy filosofii i psikhologii, gave Solov’ëv the opportunity again to address aesthetic issues, which he did in the form of two articles in 1889/90. Although over a decade separated them from his earlier excursion into the topic, they adopt a standpoint substantially consistent with his earlier writings. We turn finally to Solov’ëv’s last publication devoted specifically to philosophical aesthetics from early 1894. In it, Solov’ëv carried on a subdued polemic with other recently voiced theories and showed support for those of the previously forbidden Chernyshevskij.

Keywords

Beauty Kantian aesthetics Schelling Darwin Rozanov Ugliness Chernyshevskij 

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  • Thomas Nemeth
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  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

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