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De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste with Peter Kivy

The Aesthetics Research Centre invites you to:
‘DE GUSTIBUS: Arguing About Taste with Peter Kivy’
Saturday 19 March, 10am – 5:30pm
Marlowe Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury
More information and registration: aesthetics-research.org
Professor Peter Kivy (Rutgers)
Professor Emily Brady (Edinburgh)
Assoc. Professor Eileen John (Warwick)
Professor Peter Lamarque (York)
With the support of:
The Aesthetics Research Centre
The British Society of Aesthetics
This one-day symposium focuses on (and takes its title from) Peter Kivy’s new book De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It(Oct 2015, OUP). Kivy will be joined by Emily Brady, Eileen John, and Peter Lamarque, who will respond to Kivy’s book in an ‘author meets critics’ format.
Peter Kivy is a pre-eminent figure in Anglo-American philosophy of art. His numerous monographs and essays constitute a sustained and significant contribution to aesthetics, and in particular to the fields of aesthetics of music and literature. Kivy’s new book, De Gustibus, turns to meta-aesthetic issues about the assumptions and purposes underlying disputes about matters of taste.
In it he casts light on a new problem in aesthetics: who do we dispute about taste when there are no ’actions’ we wish to motivate? He asks, “whether I think Bach is greater than Beethoven and you think the opposite, why should it matter to either of us to convince the other?” Kivy’s claim is that we argue over taste because we think, mistakenly or not, that we are arguing over matters of fact.
Attendance is free, but space is limited, so please register in advance.
Register at: aesthetics-research.org
For further information contact Jade Wackett (jw705@kent.ac.uk).

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
Opening remarks by Jonathan Friday
10:15 -10:30 Peter Kivy
Introduction to De Gustibus: Arguing about Taste and Why We Do It
10:30 – 11:45 Emily Brady
Kivy, Reid, and Sibley on Taste
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee & Tea
12:00 – 1:15 Eileen John
Wanting the Last Laugh in Arguing about Taste
1:15 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 Peter Lamarque
Taste in Life and Taste in Art
3:30 – 3:45 Coffee
3:30 – 5:00 Panel Discussion
5:00 – 6:00 Drinks reception at the School of Arts
6:30 Conference Dinner

With the support of
The Aesthetics Research Centre
The British Society for Aesthetics

Registration and further information can be found at: