MICHAEL KELLY (Provo, UT, USA) SCIENCE, CONCIOUSNESS, AND ART: FROM ANNA KARENINA TO WHAT IS ART? In the concluding chapter o f What Is Art?, Tolstoy adds to his contentious critique o f art an equally disputatious assessment o f the realm o f science. Just as he derides "art for art's sake," which focuses on bringing pleasure to the upper classes, he also censures "science for science's sake," which focuses simply on "the study o f objects that interest us." Such an approach to science may pursue fascinating issues and be all-encompassing in scope, but its energies are dissi- pated either in attempting to justify the existing social and political order or in producing technological advances that, stunning though they may be, largely promote the well-being o f only a single class. "The proper activity o f genuine science," he asserts, is the study o f "how human life should be arranged" so as to answer such questions as "how to bring up children, how to use the land, how to cultivate it without oppressing others," and so on (159, 160; PSS 30: 188, 189).' Not only does What Is Art? address the nature o f genuine
Canadian-American Slavic Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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