Aesthetic Judgments – Agree or Disagree?
earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from
Stanford University and has spent her career investigating
questions of aesthetics and ethics. A Professor Emeritus of
the University of Minnesota, Eaton has written extensively
on these topics. She has been a visiting scholar in Europe
and China and was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Center in
She returns to the Phil with two new Lifelong Learning
lectures focused on the question: Are matters of taste
How many times have you heard people say that there is
no accounting for taste? Or heard others insist that one
person’s aesthetic preferences aren’t any better than
someone else’s? Are you inclined to agree or disagree with
either of these views?
February 14: David Hume
Hume argued that there are standards of taste – that some
individuals are more competent judges of art than others.
People who believe that Rockwell is better than Vermeer are
simply wrong, he would claim. In this lecture, Eaton will
explain Hume’s position and challenge the audience to
determine whether he was right or wrong.