Talk:Taste (sociology)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Philosophy (Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of the WikiProject Philosophy, which collaborates on articles related to philosophy. To participate, you can edit this article or visit the project page for more details.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Mid  This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.
WikiProject Sociology  
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Sociology, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Sociology on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 ???  This article has not yet received a rating on the project's quality scale.
 ???  This article has not yet received a rating on the project's importance scale.

Failed vote for deletion can be found at Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Bad taste


It has been proven the Webb Baird has good taste. That is a fact.

To be deleted I guess?

Removed this link to an external humor site [1] - Writtenonsand 22:12, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Critique of Good Taste[edit]

A critique of Good Taste in the British context can be found on [2]


I removed:

Paul Graham notes, "I think it's easier to see ugliness than to imagine beauty. The recipe for great work is: very exacting taste."

because I do not see a worldwide perspective, is Paul Graham important in the field of aesthetics? --Jahsonic 08:43, 10 July 2006 (UTC)


An admin to move the article to Taste (aesthetics), please. Taste is about aesthetics (not in the sens of « the branch of philosophy »). Sociology is only one of the few disciplines of research on that subject : philosophy, history, cultural studies, psychology...

--Ironie (talk) 01:17, 26 December 2007 (UTC) the french aesthetician of fr:

Absolutely agree.Greg Bard (talk) 03:27, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

The Science of Taste[edit]

Though 'taste' in the sense discussed here is largely cultural it's based on some common human characteristics. Eg we generally find symmetrical faces more attractive than asymmetric faces. Or take the sensation of bitterness. Bitterness (unlike saltiness) is not a chemical term - many different chemicals taste bitter. The bitter taste is an alarm signal telling us to reject the thing on our tongue as it's probably toxic.

In the more subtle area of art E O Wilson and V Ramachandran have proposed partial theories of aesthetics that ought to be given space here.

Complete rewrite[edit]

A group of graduate student sociologists from the University of Jyväskylä made it a project to completely rewrite this article. I think it's at least a bit better referenced etc now. The section Bad Taste had to be left alone, since we didn't really have any material for it. Jokinen | Talk 11:30, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

What Does This Mean?[edit]

"An understanding of taste as something that is expressed in actions between people helps to perceive many social phenomena, like fashion, that would otherwise be inconceivable."

Helps whom to perceive? Perceivable=conceivable? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:32, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Helps anyone to understand. I agree that the phrasing could be better.
to perceive (third-person singular simple present perceives, present participle perceiving, simple past and past participle perceived)
To see, to be aware of, to understand.
(wiktionary, emph. mine) Jokinen | Talk 06:59, 11 May 2009 (UTC)