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AuthorSwiderski, Edward M. author
TitleThe Philosophical Foundations of Soviet Aesthetics [electronic resource] : Theories and Controversies in the Post-War Years / by Edward M. Swiderski
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1979
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Descript XVIII, 229 p. online resource


0. 1. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEMATIC This study is devoted to an examination of a concept of crucial significance for Soviet aesthetics - the concept of the aesthetic (esteticeskoe). Soviet aestheticians have for some time already been trying to design a concept of the aesthetic that would satisfy, on the one hand, the requirements of aestheยญ tic phenomena, and, on the other hand, the principles of the Marxist-Leninist world view. The first part of this work shows how the concept of the aesthetic has been and continues to be problematic for Soviet aestheticians. This task is carried out by dwelling, first of all, on the controversies among Soviet aestheยญ ticians concerning meta-aesthetic issues, viz, the nature and scope of aesthetics as well as its place among other philosophical and non-philosophical disciยญ plines. A particularly clear view of the problems that have traditionally preยญ occupied Soviet aestheticians is provided by an examination of what they standardly call the 'method of aesthetics', where 'method' is understood in the sense of an explanatory framework rather than in the strict logico-scienยญ tific sense of the term. This discussion will provide the occasion to pass in review the main periods of Soviet aesthetics and the characteristic aspects of each. The chapter on the sources of contemporary Marxist-Leninist aesthetics brings into relief the lack of a homogeneous tradition in the question of the nature of the aesthetic and other related problems


I -- I / The Object and Methods of Soviet Aesthetics -- II / The Sources and Origins of Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics -- II -- III / The Aesthetic: Chronology of the 1956โ{128}{147}1966 Discussions and its Philosophical Framework -- IV / The Aesthetic: The Societalists and Naturists -- V / The Aesthetic: The Struggle over the Philosophical Foundations -- Summary and Conclusion -- Summary and Conclusion -- Notes and References -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

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