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Not long ago, their reigned in the learned, cultivated world, a moral philosophy, according to which it appeared that everything which exists is reasonable; that there is no such thing as evil or good; and that it is unnecessary for man to war against evil, but that it is only necessary for him to display intelligence, -- one man in the military service, another in the jud ...more
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Cheryl
"Scientific and artistic activity, in its real sense, is only fruitful when it knows no rights, but recognizes only obligations." According to the philosophical beliefs of Leo Tolstoy, the labor of the common man supports the idleness of the thinkers and artists to the advantage of the elite and the detriment of the poor.

The evil that produces this inequality is the belief that mankind is an organism with a fixed division of labor. This mantra in Tolstoy's thinking, serves as a rationalization f
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I enjoy a good rant, especially one of a person who educated himself to know better, but Tolstoy is, in almost all of his criticism of science and art, outdated. At least if one is to reply to specific attacks he issues on the contemporary philosophers at his time (which does not mean that his contemporary philosophers were right, he simply did not foresee the astonishing scientific developments in the years to come after his death). Of course, for someone as brilliant a man as Tolstoy was, ther ...more
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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