Matters of Taste: Can Our Aesthetic Values Be Objective? (Grand Rapids)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map
Presented by Jeremy Beahan, Adjunct Instructor of Aesthetics & Philosophy, Kendall College of Art & Design
Join Center for Inquiry–Michigan as we welcome Jeremy Beahan to speak about aesthetics right in time for ArtPrize 2012.
"There is no point in arguing over matters of taste"…so the saying goes, yet most of us cannot resist debating the merits of certain artists, artworks and artistic styles. Can our aesthetic values have any basis in objective fact or is beauty only in the eye of the beholder? This lecture will survey some of the arguments, from the enlightenment to the modern era, that have convinced a majority of philosophers that some aesthetic judgments are objectively better than others.
About the Speaker
Jeremy Beahan teaches classes in Philosophy, World Religions, Biblical Literature, Aesthetics, and Critical Thinking at Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University. Jeremy is also a co-host and producer for the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show which provides a skeptical guide to religion with a focus on counter-apologetics. Jeremy also works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry in his local community - he has been an active member of the Freethought Association (now CFI Michigan) since 2002.
Meetings are open to the Public
After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map
Cost: FREE (Suggested Donation $5) Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online
Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-698-2342