Taste

Issues

 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?

Required readings

  • 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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