Human Nature and Art: From Descartes and Hume to Tolstoy

Wertz, S. K.
September 1998
Journal of Aesthetic Education;Fall98, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p75
Academic Journal
The author comments on the theories of human nature concerning the works of Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy draws an analogy between art and language, stating that speech, transmitting the thought and experiences of men, serves as a means of union among them, and art acts in a similar manner. He defines art as a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity. Moreover, Tolstoy prefaces his remarks about sameness of feelings with the idea that art is a means of union among people.


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