George Dickie (philosopher)

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George Dickie (born 12 August 1926 in Palmetto, Florida) is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of Illinois at Chicago.[1] His specialities include aesthetics, philosophy of art and Eighteenth Century theories of taste.

Education and career[edit]

He received a BA from Florida State University in 1949 and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1959.[1] He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1978.[2]

He served as President of the Illinois Philosophy Association (1990–91) and President of the American Society for Aesthetics (1993–94).


He is an influential philosopher of art working in the analytical tradition. His institutional theory of art inspired both supporters who produced variations on the theory as well as detractors.

One of his more influential works is The Century of Taste (1996), an inquiry into several eighteenth-century philosophers' treatments of the subject. The bulk of the work is devoted to championing David Hume's treatment of the subject over that of Immanuel Kant. A review of the work can be found in The Philosophical Review, 107:3 (July, 1998).


  • Aesthetics: An Introduction (Pegasus, 1971)
  • Art and the Aesthetic: An Institutional Analysis (Cornell University Press, 1974)
  • The Art Circle (Haven Publications, 1984)
  • The Century of Taste (Oxford Press, 1996)
  • Evaluating Art (Temple University Press, 1988)
  • Art and Value (Blackwell, 2001)


  1. ^ a b "George Dickie faculty page". University of Illinois at Chicago. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ "1978 U.S. and Canadian Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2014 via Wayback Machine. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)