Workshop – Artistic Differences
The Importance of Disagreeing About Art
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Artistic Differences – The Importance of Disagreeing About Art
I present some broad reasons for valuing disagreement about art. The fact of disagreement seems to put us in a position to know interesting things about ourselves and others through the artistic focus. This perspective on disagreement is then discussed in relation to arguments given by Dammann and Schellekens, in "On the moral psychology and normative force of aesthetic reasons". Their appeal to the role of cultural membership and friendship, in the formation of aesthetic taste and reasons, is given some critical and sympathetic attention. I try to celebrate the value of friends communicating about their aesthetic tastes but not sharing them.