Katharina Felka: "No Praise for Unknown Cake"
- Date: –12:00
- Location: Seminar through Zoom (contact Matti Eklund for link and details)
- Organiser: Department of Philosophy
- Contact person: Matti Eklund
The Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy
Katharina Felka, University of Graz: "No Praise for Unknown Cake: What is the Source of the Acquaintance Requirement for Statements of Personal Taste?"
Statements of personal taste appear to be subject to an acquaintance requirement. A sentence like ‘The cake is tasty to me’, for instance, can only be uttered legitimately if the speaker has tried the cake. Various authors have argued that the acquaintance requirement is due to peculiarities in the semantics or pragmatics of predicates of personal taste. In the paper we critically discuss these proposals and reject them in favour of an epistemic account of the phenomenon, and rebut possible objections.