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Oleg Larmin

Larmin, Oleg Vladimirovich (29.05.1926-03.02.1995) was a specialist in aesthetics, a sociologist, Doctor of Philosophy, professor. Born in Moscow. Mother, Vera Eduardovna, was a typist and  raised two children (sister Marina died in an accident  in 1951) in poverty.  Larmin’s best childhood memory was his  studies at a ballet school and  performances in the Bolshoi Theatre. However, due to a heart disease Oleg was unable to continue his studies. He worked as  a courier and  a factory worker. From an early age he showed an interest in art and science.


In 1951 Larmin graduated from the Philosophy Department of Moscow State University  where he also completed his post-graduate studies in 1954. After graduation worked in Surikov  State Art Institute, and afterwards  (since 1960)  took a position of Associate Professor at Moscow State University. In 1969-1984  was the head of the  Population Problems laboratory. Since  1984 was a leading researcher of the Philosophy Department.  In  1965  obtained the Doctor of Science degree; the dissertation title  was "Artistic method and aesthetic ideal " . He was the editor and member of the editorial board of about 20 monographs.  Larmin’s works explored the issues of  culture in  the society and culture of the individual,  as well as the  problem of an individual  in the history of philosophy.

In addition to philosophy, he worked on demography issues (the theory of Malthus in particular), wrote poems from early childhood until his last days, but never wanted to be published: " There is enough poets without me."  He read his poems only for the  family and closest friends. According to Oleg Vladimirovich, later he took a few courses from the Maxim Gorky  Literature Institute in Moscow,  but gave up  after an incident with a  classmate who have been persecuted for a bold political poem  .  Larmin’s  works on demography  were not published during his lifetime, as well as his poems