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Taste
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[German Version]

(Lat. gustus/sapor; Fr. goût; Ger. Geschmack) is the ability to discern pleasure and displeasure. Originally limited to the physical sense of tasting, since antiquity the term has been applied figuratively to perception, judgment, speech, and conduct (e.g. M.T. Cicero). In the mid-17th century, it was discussed in ethics (Gracián, French moralist literature); in the 18th century, it became a central concept of aesthetics (I) throughout Europe. Advanced theories of epistemology grounded…

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Recki, Birgit, “Taste”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08539>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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