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Two Thumbs Up: How Critics Aid Appreciation

Stephanie Ross


Two Thumbs Up draws on David Hume’s famous 1757 essay “Of the Standard of Taste” to examine the nature of aesthetic appreciation and the workings of critical advice. I begin by considering gustatory taste and asking whether it is educable. Hume thought some individuals—true judges or ideal critics—are specially positioned to understand art. He believed their converging verdicts would constitute the objective standard we seek. After examining and supplementing the set of traits Hume ascribes to ideal critics, I assess the likelihood of irresolvable disagreement within this group. Following Fran ... More

Keywords: taste, aesthetics, critics, Hume, disagreement, appreciation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226064284
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226705033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Ross, author
University of Missouri-St. Louis