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Mar 12Liked by becca rothfeld

You might be interested in this essay by Claire Kirwin, "Value Realism and Idiosyncracy", in which she argues that even matters such as chocolate vs. vanilla are matters of objective value: https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=MHbJEAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA24&ots=Y26lZmOuHY&sig=fwG3uX0iRcofIZjHQ2cA3rw1cFc&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

On Kirwin's account, idiosyncracy of taste arises from idiosyncracy of value expertise. The chocolate lover possesses expertise in the value of chocolate that the vanilla lover lacks (and the same goes for artforms, genres, and specific works that are valuable but not universally beloved). If that's right, then the difference between the disagreements of idiosyncratic taste and disagreements in aesthetic judgement might be a difference in the degree of public access to the relevant aesthetic reasons (rather than, say, a difference in kind based on whether there is objective aesthetic value at issue).

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oh thank you! excited to check this out!

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Mar 7Liked by becca rothfeld

Literati! So excited. (As cruel and unusual as it is to make writers talk.)

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Me too! I have been craving Zingerman’s since I went to debate camp at Michigan in like 2007 lol

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Have yet to make the Zingerman’s trip despite going to Michigan… it must be done. (Also - pestering my UChi friends to go so there’ll be more witnesses to the hopefully-not-so squirmy spectacle.)

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Bummer you're coming to Vermont. Break a leg. Oh, and the review? Spot on!!

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