This book offers a sustained, interdisciplinary examination of taste. It addresses a range of topics that have been at the heart of lively debates in philosophy of language, linguistics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and experimental philosophy.

Our everyday lives are suffused with discussions about taste. We are quick to offer familiar platitudes about taste, but we struggle when facing the questions that matter—what taste is, how it is related to subjectivity, what distinguishes good from bad taste, why it is valuable to make and evaluate judgments about matters of taste, and what, exactly, we mean in speaking about these matters. The essays in this volume open up new, intersecting lines of research about these questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. They address the notion of aesthetic taste; connections between taste and the natures of truth, disagreement, assertion, belief, retraction, linguistic context-sensitivity, and the semantics/pragmatics interface; experimental inquiry about taste; and metaphysical questions underlying ongoing discussions about taste.

Perspectives on Taste will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in aesthetics, philosophy of language, linguistics, metaphysics, and experimental philosophy.

chapter 1|16 pages


ByJeremy Wyatt, Julia Zakkou, Dan Zeman

part I|58 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

The Trajectory of Gustatory Taste

ByKevin Sweeney

chapter 3|18 pages

Over-Appreciating Appreciation

ByRebecca Wallbank, Jon Robson

chapter 4|17 pages

Aesthetic Taste

Perceptual Discernment or Emotional Sensibility?
ByIrene Martínez Marín, Elisabeth Schellekens

part II|66 pages

Experimental Philosophy

chapter 5|32 pages

De Gustibus Est Disputandum

An Empirical Investigation of the Folk Concept of Aesthetic Taste
ByConstant Bonard, Florian Cova, Steve Humbert-Droz

chapter 6|32 pages

Contextualism Versus Relativism

More Empirical Data
ByMarkus Kneer

part III|49 pages


chapter 7|20 pages

Disagreements and Disputes About Matters of Taste

ByDan López de Sa

chapter 8|27 pages

How to Canberra-Plan Disagreement

Platitudes, Taste, Preferences
ByJeremy Wyatt

part IV|151 pages

Philosophy of Language and Linguistics

chapter 9|14 pages

Non-Indexical Contextualism, Relativism, and Retraction

ByAlexander Dinges

chapter 10|24 pages

Perspectival Content and Semantic Composition

ByMalte Willer, Christopher Kennedy

chapter 11|29 pages

Exploring Valence in Judgments of Taste

ByIsidora Stojanovic, Elsi Kaiser

chapter 12|26 pages

Differences of Taste

An Investigation of Phenomenal and Non-Phenomenal Appearance Sentences
ByRachel Etta Rudolph

chapter 13|33 pages

Individual- and Stage-Level Predicates of Personal Taste

Another Argument for Genericity as the Source of Faultless Disagreement
ByHazel Pearson

chapter 14|23 pages

Tastes and the Ontology of Impersonal Perception Reports

ByFriederike Moltmann