In the essay “Of the Standard of Taste,” the nature of the individual critic that can contribute to the standard is outlined, but how we move from an individual or individuals to a group of common consensus on an object of taste is left unaddressed. One way to see the expansion of agreed critics is to employ the narrow circle from the Treatise (3.3.2-3). It is suggested that the details of how we get from individuals to a group with similar judgments of taste be worked out along the lines Hume suggested in his discussion of the narrow circle. Civility is needed to move from individuals to a group, and what better way to make this transition than through Hume’s narrow circle? Disinterestedness is a case I develop to further the analogy between moral and aesthetic practices. Other moral qualities are suggested to be worked out in detail in aesthetic contexts.


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