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Example exam question: According to Hume, our aesthetic How can a preference for something
responses can be correct or incorrect. What does he say like the taste of ice cream taste be
makes a response correct or incorrect? incorrect? Even if the observer has all
Answer: a correct judgement is one made by an ideal the 5 characteristics, it seems like
observer, with the 5 characteristics everyone has different aesthetic
responses and they’re can’t be one
Six rough guideline questions to think of when reading: correct response
1. what is the problem to be solved?
2. what is its signiﬁcance? Do the answers to these questions
3. what is the proposed solution? (thesis)? always show up in order in the text?
4. what is the argument for the thesis?
5. what concepts are needed to understand the thesis? Will all the concepts we need to know
6. what new problems arise? be clearly mentioned in the reading?
Look to previous readings to be sure
ﬁrst 2 essays will focus on the ﬁrst 3 questions, next 2 will
focus on 4-5, last one will focus on 6
Cohen reading; prof’s answers
1. aesthetic responses are likings of some kind, but most I think that it is our human nature to
likings aren’t responsive to reasons. But we do attempt to believe that we are always right, and to
give reasons..so what is the purpose of us trying to try to convince someone else of your
2. why is it that we reason about our aesthetic responses
when they are likings? Maybe we all want to think that we are
3. thesis: we reason about our aesthetic responses in order the ideal observer, so we try convincing
to understand ourselves. does this correspond with others that our responses are correct.
Hume’s ideas? yes We reason about our aesthetic
4. hypothesis that Hume believes is true but Cohen believes responses in order to ﬁnd out if we are
is false: the purpose for which we reason about our the ideal observer
aesthetic responses is order to secure consistency
5. Hume’s theories and how they correspond to Cohen How much can one truly understand
6. what is this understanding? what does it mean to about oneself?
understand yourself? What is consistency? How consistent do you have to be in
order to achieve consistency? Must
First argument against hypothesis (the purpose for which your preferences be the same in every
we reason about our aesthetic responses is order to secure instance, or just in similar situations?
1. if it is true, then aesth