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230S09Lecture6 - Humes Standard of Taste David Hume 1711-1776 Scottish probably most influential philosopher writing in English Never held academic

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    Hume’s  Standard of Taste
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    David Hume 1711-1776 Scottish, probably most  influential philosopher  writing in English Never held academic  post Naturalist philosophy,  empiricist Wanted a “science of  man,” i.e., a cognitive  science
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    Are Aesthetic Statements  Truth-Evaluable? Truth-evaluable: Barack Obama is  currently President of  the United States. The moon is made of  green cheese. Truth-evaluable? Saw V  is a better movie  than  Citizen Kane . This cat is beautiful.
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    Warring Intuitions I In favor of the position that they are not truth- evaluable: In a disagreement, how do we decide which opinion  is the correct one? Most of us have failed to respond to some artwork  generally considered great. If aesthetic preferences are shaped by culture, how  can we say one’s culture is better than another? Do  aesthetic preferences reflect cultural bias? “To each his own,” “Beauty is in the eye of the  beholder.” If I like vanilla and you don’t, doesn’t that seem to be  a fact about our bodies rather than about the vanilla?
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    Warring Intuitions II In favor of the position that the are truth- evaluable: If someone says that my mother’s rendition of “Happy 
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230S09Lecture6 - Humes Standard of Taste David Hume 1711-1776 Scottish probably most influential philosopher writing in English Never held academic

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