1st Edition

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

Edited By Jeremy Wyatt, Julia Zakkou, Dan Zeman Copyright 2022
    360 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.