Is There a Conflict Between Taste and Judgment in Kant’s Aesthetics?

  • Donald W. Crawford
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 227)


This title is meant to sound somewhat paradoxical, since from the early 18th century aesthetic taste and judgment are closely linked, ifnot identified. In ordinary discourse as well, then as now, the two concepts seem happily married. To have good taste is to exercise good judgment in aesthetic matters or social graces, and a tasteless remark is one made with poor judgment or even, we sometimes say, with no judgment at all. In these senses, taste and judgment are similar mental functions, or, in older language, related faculties or powers of the mind.


Moral Sense Aesthetic Judgment Good Taste Internal Sense External Sense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald W. Crawford
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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