David hume of the standard of taste (392) Hume was known as great literary theorist of the philosophers of the 18th c. comes across as being really clear and easy to read. He has complex arguments that can"t really be simplified. In his intro, hume states that there is a great variety of taste. His thesis is that it is natural for us to seek a standard of taste: a rule by which various sentiments (feeling) can be reconciled. A rule where our differences of feelings (in art or literature, etc) can be reconciled. Don"t let people just go on their feelings about something. He knows that we do have different opinions, but there should be some standard that we should always be trying to measure up to that kind of shapes our opinions. Difference between sentiment and judgement and claims that beauty is not in the object".