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Russian aesthetics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-E075-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2002
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Article Summary

Aesthetics as a branch of philosophy, or in the sense of an explicitly stated theory of art, appeared in Russia no earlier than the seventeenth century, under the direct influence of Western thought. It developed in connection with the adoption of European art forms. Russian contributions in terms of original styles in all forms of art, as well as of certain aesthetic notions which may be credited to Russia, came in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and must be understood in context with European art and aesthetic thought. Russian art, music and literature, as well as the aesthetic notions guiding them, get their Russianness from the political and social background, a major factor in literature, and from a carrying over of traits found in Russian folk art, folk music and folklore, as well as in religious texts, iconography, architecture and music, whose Orthodox version is sharply distinct from their equivalents in the Roman Catholic West.

Citing this article:
Terras, Victor. Russian aesthetics, 2002, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-E075-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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