De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It by Peter Kivy

De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It

byPeter Kivy

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In De Gustibus Peter Kivy deals with a question that has never been fully addressed by philosophers of art: why do we argue about art? We argue about the "facts" of the world either to influence people's behaviour or simply to get them to see what we take to be the truth about the world. Weargue over ethical matters, if we are ethical "realists," because we think we are arguing about "facts" in the world. And we argue about ethics, if we are "emotivists," or are now what are called "expressionists," which is to say, people who think matters of ethics are simply matters of "attitude,"to influence the behaviour of others. But why should we argue about works of art? There are no "actions" we wish to motivate. Whether I think Bach is greater than Beethoven and you think the opposite, why should it matter to either of us to convince the other? This is a question that philosophershave never faced. Kivy claims here that we argue over taste because we think, mistakenly or not, that we are arguing over matters of fact.

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Peter Kivy was born in New York City on 22 October, 1934. He was educated at the Walden School, as well as with private tutors in oboe and music theory. He received his BA with high honors in philosophy at the University of Michigan, in 1956, and an MA in philosophy from that University in 1958. He then went on to receive an MA in musi...
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Title:De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do ItFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.66 inPublished:November 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Hume's Dilemma2. A Ground Common to All3. The Beautiful Versus the Good4. Simple Emotivism5. Do So As Well!6. The Aesthetic Shrug7. Immoral Art8. Is Bad Taste Immoral?9. Push-Pin and Poetry10. Back to Square One11. The Right Phenomenology?12. The Truth of Interpretation13. The Truth of Analysis14. The Truth of Evaluation15. Common Sense and the Error TheoryBibliography