Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2018 Vol 11 Issue 59

Martsinkovskaya T.D. The language of art and the language of science: the paradoxes of convergence

Full text in Russian: Марцинковская Т.Д. Язык искусства и язык науки: парадоксы сближения

L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia
FGBNU "Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education", Moscow, Russia
Federal Institute of Education Development, Moscow, Russia

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Three paradoxes related to the analysis of the connection between the languages ​​of science and art are revealed. The first paradox demonstrates that often the language of science is more emotionally saturated than the language of art. The second paradox is proving that often the substantiation of fundamentally new discoveries in science occurs with the help of the language of art or within it. The third paradox states that artists use the language of science to explain their insights. Examples that reveal the emotional fullness of scientific texts and rationality in the presentation of their works by artists are given. The variants of the scientist’s papers written in an artist’s manner and vice versa artist’s texts written with the help of scientist’s language are presented. Thus, the pictures of artists confirm the results of scientific observations, data about factors that determine the development of perception of painting and music. On the other hand, artists actively used the discoveries of scientists to substantiate new types of art. It is proved that all these paradoxes are connected not so much with the limitations of the languages of science or art, but rather with the fact that scientists and artists are striving not only to make a discovery, but also to introduce it to a wide range of people. The connection and differences of languages within art and science are shown, the specificity of languages in different fields of art and science is revealed. It is also proved that the desire to expand the circle of people who accept and understand the author can also lead to the expansion of the language of a particular field of science or art. The language of a particular type of art or field of science is always limited, but in order to solve new problems and describe new discoveries, it is necessary to go beyond concrete language, transition to an interdisciplinary area; the language must borrow some codes, structure, set of internal forms from another language and restructure them for a new task. An analysis of such universal code linking the languages of science and art can become a new direction in the study of the languages of science and art.

Keywords: languages of science and art, language codes, internal and external forms of the world



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Received 9 April 2018. Date of publication: 28 June 2018.

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Martsinkovskaya Tatyana D. Ph.D., Professor, FGBNU "Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education", ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia; L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya pl., 6, 125993 Moscow, Russia; Federal Institute of  Development of Education, ul. Chernyakhovskogo, 9–1, 125319 Moscow, Russia.
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Martsinkovskaya T.D. The language of art and the language of science: the paradoxes of convergence. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2018, Vol. 11, No. 59, p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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