Free Philosophy!

by Daniel A. Kaufman The novel coronavirus has caused my university to shift to all-online instruction.  Consequently, I have been posting video lectures (in lieu of in-class lectures) on my YouTube Channel, in dedicated playlists.  For those who are interested, here are the links to these playlists, to which content will be added regularly through the end of the semester […]

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This Week’s Special: David Hume’s “Of the Standard of Taste”

By Daniel A. Kaufman http://www.econlib.org/library/LFBooks/Hume/hmMPL23.html One of the central topics in Aesthetics is the justification of our evaluative judgments of works of art. Questions regarding the warrant for our valuations are always challenging, because of the quite common  intuition that values and valuation are inherently subjective. The trouble lies in the fact that there is an equally common intuition that […]

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Interpretation and Identity in the Arts

By Daniel A. Kaufman The late and greatest of the post-Second World War aestheticians, Arthur Danto, believed that artworks are constituted by their interpretations; that what makes this artwork this one and not that one is that this one means one thing and that one means something else. (Danto: 1986)  The art-critical project, on this view, is crucial to the […]

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