Sign Systems Studies 31 (2):523-531 (2003)

Abstract
At present the theory of Russian Formalism becomes actual once again owing to the rapid development of cognitive science. Aesthetic theories recently put forward within the framework of cognitive science turned out to be consonant with the Formalist’s views on the general principles of artistic activity. In my paper I argue that the theory of Russian Formalism contains a number of methodological assumptions that are close to a cognitive approach; some of the main principles of the Formalist theory permit the reformulation into cognitive terms; such reformulation is not only possible, but useful because it makes the theory more powerful for explanation of the artistic phenomena. The findings from the new field of cognitive science not only prove some Formalist theses, but deepen and specify them as well.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Language and Literature  Semiotics
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