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Perspectives on Taste
Aesthetics, Language, Metaphysics, and Experimental Philosophy

ISBN 9781032003177
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
360 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a sustained, interdisciplinary examination of taste. It addresses a range of topics that have been at the heart of lively debates in philosophy of language, linguistics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and experimental philosophy.

Our everyday lives are suffused with discussions about taste. We are quick to offer familiar platitudes about taste, but we struggle when facing the questions that matter—what taste is, how it is related to subjectivity, what distinguishes good from bad taste, why it is valuable to make and evaluate judgments about matters of taste, and what, exactly, we mean in speaking about these matters. The essays in this volume open up new, intersecting lines of research about these questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. They address the notion of aesthetic taste; connections between taste and the natures of truth, disagreement, assertion, belief, retraction, linguistic context-sensitivity, and the semantics/pragmatics interface; experimental inquiry about taste; and metaphysical questions underlying ongoing discussions about taste.

Perspectives on Taste will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in aesthetics, philosophy of language, linguistics, metaphysics, and experimental philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Jeremy Wyatt, Julia Zakkou, and Dan Zeman

Part I: Aesthetics

2. The Trajectory of Gustatory Taste

Kevin Sweeney

3. Over-Appreciating Appreciation

Rebecca Wallbank and Jon Robson

4. Aesthetic Taste: Perceptual Discernment or Emotional Sensibility?

Irene Martínez Marín and Elisabeth Schellekens

Part II: Experimental Philosophy

5. De Gustibus Est Disputandum: an Empirical Investigation of the Folk Concept of Aesthetic Taste

Constant Bonard, Florian Cova, and Steve Humbert-Droz

6. Contextualism vs. Relativism: More Empirical Data

Markus Kneer

Part III: Metaphysics

7. Disagreements and Disputes about Matters of Taste

Dan López de Sa

8. How to Canberra-Plan Disagreement: Platitudes, Taste, Preferences

Jeremy Wyatt

Part IV: Philosophy of Language and Linguistics

9. Non-Indexical Contextualism, Relativism, and Retraction

Alexander Dinges

10. Perspectival Content and Semantic Composition

Malte Willer and Christopher Kennedy

11. Exploring Valence in Judgments of Taste

Isidora Stojanovic and Elsi Kaiser

12. Differences of Taste: Analyzing Phenomenal and Non-Phenomenal Appearance Sentences

Rachel Etta Rudolph

13. Individual and Stage-Level Predicates of Personal Taste: Another Argument for Genericity as the Source of Faultless Disagreement

Hazel Pearson

14. Taste and the Ontology of Impersonal Perception Reports

Friederike Moltmann

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Jeremy Wyatt is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato. He is an editor or co-editor of Pluralisms in Truth and Logic (2018), The Nature of Truth: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, 2nd ed. (2021), and Truth: Concept Meets Property (Synthese, 2021). His articles have appeared in Philosophical Studies, The Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, American Philosophical Quarterly, and Inquiry.

Julia Zakkou is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. She is the author of Faultless Disagreement (2019) and a co-editor of the Inquiry special issue Semantic Variability (2021). Her articles have appeared in Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Semantics and Pragmatics, Mind and Language, Philosophy Compass, Inquiry, and Thought.

Dan Zeman is Adjunct Professor at the University of Warsaw. He is a co-editor of Relativism about Value (2012) and New Work on Disagreement (Synthese, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in Thought, Dialectica, Linguistics and Philosophy, Philosophia, Critica, Inquiry, and Theoria. His monograph Disagreement in Semantics (co-authored with Mihai Hîncu) is forthcoming with Routledge.