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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Philosophy Cafe, "Tolstoy's Contagion Theory of Art" Event

City Gallery
Time:
13:00 - 14:00
Date:
18 February 2016
Venue:
John Hansard Gallery Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning at lifelonglearning@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

Tolstoy's Contagion Theory of Art

Just as the food we ought to consume is not necessarily the tastiest, so the art we ought to value is not necessarily that which pleases most. So what kind of art truly nourishes the soul? This talk will explore Tolstoy’s answer –that it is the kind of art in which the audience contracts the feelings of the artist like a contagion, thereby forming moral bonds between individuals and within communities.

Speaker information

Dr David Woods,While studying for his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Southampton, David contributed to teaching on a number of philosophy modules. In 2014, he completed his Ph.D. and was made a Teaching Fellow.

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