The Standard Of Taste, By David Hume Essay

1236 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Discussing art can be a difficult task due to the complexities intertwined with a topic that encompasses many aspects of human life. Art has been defined and redefined throughout history by some of the prominent minds who still influence our thinking today. While conversations about influential topics are necessary in the human condition, we should decipher which philosophers’ points are the closest to accuracy in today’s time period. In our current society, Hume’s perspective on art, however compelling it may be, is not the best way to determine the definition of art.
David Hume was born in Scotland in 1711 and he passed on in 1776. He grew up in a religious and influential household. After realizing political law was not his calling, he left the University of Edinburgh to pursue a passion in philosophy. As a philosopher Hume was an empirically minded thinker, meaning that he rejects all systems not completely grounded in facts and sensual observation. In one of his writings, The Standard of Taste, Hume discusses his views on the requirements and dimensions in comparing tastes on art. He states that no one person holds the absolute definition of beauty, but the combination of these opinions is the standard of taste by which to judge art. With this being said, Hume believes that there are very few people qualified to provide an opinion contributing to the standard. “...So there are very few true judges in the finer arts, even during the most civilized ages. For a critic to…

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