Hume's Aesthetic Theory: Taste and Sentiment
"Aesthetics has tended to concentrate on forms of aesthetic experience and attitude that developed after Kant's Third Critique, but these concepts contrast with aesthetic thought in the eighteenth century, which is based on 'sentiment' and 'taste'. Neglect of the earlier eighteenth-century concepts obscures the alternatives available to aesthetic theory and misreads the history of aesthetics. In this respect, Dabney Townsend argues that Hume's contribution to aesthetic thought has been insufficiently explored and that attention to it can shed light on the theoretical underpinning of Hume's philosophy as a whole. More importantly, it can deepen our understanding of the history of aesthetics and offer renewed possibilites for contemporary aesthetics.".
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