Of the Standard of Taste by David HumeOf the Standard of Taste
by David Hume
The great variety of Taste, as well as of opinion, which prevails in the world, is too obvious not to have fallen under every ones observation. Men of the most confined knowledge are able to remark a difference of taste in the narrow circle of their acquaintance, even where the persons have been educated under the same government, and have early imbibed the same prejudices. But those, who can enlarge their view to contemplate distance nations and remote ages, are still more surprised at the great inconsistence and contrariety. We are apt to call barbarous whatever departs widely from our own taste and apprehension: But soon find the epithet of reproach retorted on us. And the highest arrogance and self-conceit is at last startled, on observing an equal assurance on all sides, and scruples, amidst such a contest of sentiment, to pronounce positively in its own favour.
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Rating: Strong Essays. Open Document. Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper. Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly. Hume addresses three assumptions about how aesthetic value is determined. If all taste is equal but taste defines the aesthetic value, how can it be that some art is good and others bad
Tutor Hunt Resources Philosophy Resources. Hume set out to try and establish a 'Standard of Taste' that reconciled the individual-specific relative ideas of what objects are beautiful with other, seemingly normative claims about some works being beautiful. For instance, it is generally accepted that the works of Shakespeare are an exemplification of beauty for everyone. However, Hume's principle faces many challenges, some are over parts of his theory - such as what the definition of a true judge TJ for this essay should be - but I shall explore what Levinson labels as the 'real problem' for Hume's theory, and that is that there is no reason to actually care about what the TJs think. I feel that this objection succeeds in defeating Hume's position, but the idea of a Standard of Taste could still be viable if one adopts the view that TJs have some special relationship to the works because they perceive some real aesthetic property that the average person cannot. However, when one considers an adapted version of the Euthyphro dilemma that Elisabeth Schellekens brings up, we find that either the anthropocentric reasons for finding something beautiful are removed, or we end up back with an entirely relative view of aesthetics which is opposite to the objective Standard Hume wanted to create - thus I will conclude that he has failed to establish a Standard of Taste.
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With his Calvinist family, young Hume faithfully attended services in Church of Scotland, where his uncle served as pastor. He left home at age twelve to study law at the University of Edinburgh. In , Hume left Edinburgh to pursue a self-directed education. He worked briefly for a sugar merchant in England and left for France in , where he wrote his first book, A Treatise of Human Nature. When he returned to Britain, he anonymously published three of the five volumes of the Treatise : Books I and II in and book III in —a remarkable accomplishment for a twenty-nine-year-old. The book was not widely reviewed and failed to arouse the public debate Hume hoped for.
Shared Flashcard Set. Title On the Standard of Taste Hume. Description Reading Philosophy topic 2. Total Cards Subject Philosophy. Level Undergraduate 1.