Are there objective standards about taste or is it purely a matter of preference? If the latter why do we label certain people as having bad taste?
- Jesse Prinz (2006) “Really Bad Taste”. Ch. 7 in Knowing Art: Essays in aesthetics and epistemology (Philosophical Studies Series) Volume 107, pp 95-107. [Electronic version accessible through HKU library]
Other useful resources
- Gardner (1998) “Aesthetics” in Grayling (ed.) Philosophy : a guide through the subject Oxford. Read section 1 of chapter 11.
- Cain Todd (2011) The Philosophy of Wine: A Case of Truth, Beauty, and Intoxication. McGill Queens University Press.
- David Hume “Of the Standard of Taste” http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/hume1757essay2.pdf Note: Hume’s article was written in the 18th century. The philosopher Jonathan Bennett has rewritten parts of Hume’s original text in more modern prose to make it easier to read.
- Barry Smith (2007) “The Objectivity of Tastes and Tasting” in Smith (ed.) Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine. Oxford University Press. Download from http://philpapers.org/rec/SMITOO-2
- Hume on taste: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hume-aesthetics/ section 4.
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