Bad Taste, Aesthetic Akrasia, and Other "Guilty" Pleasures

Journal of Aesthetic Education 51 (3):58-71 (2017)

To what extent does a person who prefers hip-hop rather than opera have legitimate reasons for doing so? Should we immediately classify such a judgment as incompetent because it runs counter to the verdicts of experts, including professional art critics? These questions are often associated with the problem of aesthetic akrasia, a concept taken from the vocabulary of ethics, which involves acting against one’s better judgment, that is, demonstrating irrationality by failing to react in what is, theoretically, the most appropriate way. In ethical terms, it would be analogous to failing to help a person in distress when we know very well that it is immoral not to...
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