Leon Tolstoy's "What is Art?" Argumentative Essay by hicaliber

Leon Tolstoy's "What is Art?"
This paper argues against Leon Tolstoy's conclusion in his famous book "What is Art?".
# 95598 | 1,205 words | 3 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on May 28, 2007 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis) , Art (Fine Art) , Philosophy (History - 20th Century)

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This paper explains that Leon Tolstoy in "What is Art?" argues that
art is not the manifestation of an abstract and absolute idea, such as beauty, God or simply something created to give pleasure, as generally purported by most of the thinkers and philosophers, but rather is intimately connected with the religions and moral values of every age and of every people. The author points out that both art and religion can reveal a different, absolute reality; but it cannot be agreed that good art should strictly follow religious and moral values. The paper stresses that saying art is only supposed to express the religious idea of good denies the most important quality of art--- imagination. The paper includes several quotations.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hofstader, Albert Philosophies of Art and Beauty, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976
  • Sukla, Ananta Ch. Art and Representation: Contributions to Contemporary Aesthetics, Praeger, 2001
  • Tolstoy, Leo What is Art? , Indiana: The Bobbs- Merril Company, 1980

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