Ideas of Leo Tolstoy, by Theme

[Russian, 1828 - 1910, Born at Yasnaya Polyana, where he ran family estate. Military service as a young man. Novelist. Died at Astapovo Station.]

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21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 4. Art as Expression
True works of art transmit completely new feelings
The highest feelings of mankind can only be transmitted by art
Art is when one man uses external signs to hand on his feelings to another man
21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 4. Emotion in Art
The purpose of art is to help mankind to evolve better, more socially beneficial feelings
21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 7. Art and Morality
People estimate art according to their moral values
We separate the concept of beauty from goodness, unlike the ancients
The upper classes put beauty first, and thus freed themselves from morality