Religion & Repugnance: Empiricism, Political Theology, Projective Disgust

In Lars Aagaard Mogensen & Jane Forsey (eds.), On Taste: Aesthetic Exchanges. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: pp. 53-68 (2019)

Virgil W. Brower
Charles University, Prague
"[O]ther contributors argue that taste has a clear epistemic function. Brower cites Agamben as claiming that taste is a priveleged locus for knowledge...A phenomenology of taste, then, is no mere trivial or personal matter, but one with wide-ranging consequences. And some of these conseqences are ethical...[D]oes the debasement of taste indeed breed xenophobic oppression, as Brower is sure that it does? [sic:)] These are contentious claims. Surely a person of exemplary aesthetics and gustatory taste can still be a moral monster...aesthetic delicacy does not entail ethical virtue. It has been a long time since beauty was associated with moral good, yet the connection persists...It has been a long time since beauty was associated with truth, as well, and yet, again, the conection endures..." (Eds' Preface, ix-x)
Keywords Taste  Martha Nussbaum  Disgust  Political Emotions  Empiricism
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