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p. 9710. Can there be objectivity in taste?locked

  • Stephen Gaukroger

Abstract

‘Can there be objectivity in taste?’ considers aesthetics. What are the features of aesthetic objectivity? It may appear that issues in aesthetics are similar to ethics. However, the single most important difference is that ethical judgements are not generally regarded as subjective, whereas the distinguishing feature of aesthetic judgements is precisely that they are subjective. Subjectivity does not simply go beyond moral judgement and push taste further into the realm of relativity. It is different from relativity. Aesthetic judgements, unlike scientific or ethical judgements, are response-relative. What marks out the kinds of judgements of taste to which questions of objectivity apply is the fact that they have intentional content.

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