The Century of Taste: The Philosophical Odyssey of Taste in the Eighteenth Century

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

byGeorge DickieAs told byTed Cohen

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The Century of Taste offers an exposition and critical account of the central figures in the early development of the modern philosophy of art. Dickie traces the modern theory of taste from its first formulation by Francis Hutcheson, to blind alleys followed by Alexander Gerard and ArchibaldAllison, its refinement and complete expression by Hume, and finally to its decline in the hands of Kant. In a clear and straightforward style, Dickie offers sympathetic discussions of the theoretical aims of these philosophers, but does not shy from controversy--pointing out, for instance, theobscurities and inconsistencies in Kant's aesthetic writings, and arguing that they have been overrated.

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The Century of Taste offers an exposition and critical account of the central figures in the early development of the modern philosophy of art. Dickie traces the modern theory of taste from its first formulation by Francis Hutcheson, to blind alleys followed by Alexander Gerard and ArchibaldAllison, its refinement and complete expressi...

George Dickie is at University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 9.57 × 6.42 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195096804

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"George Dickie's The Century of Taste is a readable and informative guide to the family of eighteenth-century aesthetic theories that sought to explain our judgments of taste....a wide-ranging and informative study."--The Philosophical Review