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On Aesthetic Disputes

In the seventh in a series of columns on public philosophy by Agnes Callard at The Point, she writes that “[t]he plurality of aesthetic points of view is a product of the genuine diversity between human beings, and the fact that they are free to judge for themselves what appeals to them. It should occasion respect, not contempt.”

But, she hastens to add – you knew there was a but, right? – “there is a fine line between respecting others’ right to their bad taste, and opting to participate in it.”

True, I suppose…to a point. Whether you agree with her or not, though, Callard’s always worth reading.



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