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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?
March 7: Immanuel Kant
Kant did not believe that judgments of taste are true or
false; they are neither, he thought. But he did try to prove
that some aesthetic judgments must be granted universal
acceptance. How can this be the case? Eaton will try to
make sense of his complex position and, with you,
determine how convincing he is.