Monday, 16 May 2016

Thought 213: Wisdom as Taste


In his ill-attended lectures on the Pre-Socratics, Nietzsche made an etymological argument according to which early Greeks saw the word σοφός, typically translated as wise, as having a connotation of taste. 

It is therefore with some glee that I read an amazon review of Heidegger's Nietzsche books entitled "two tastes that taste great together". 

As I wrote in my last blog post, critical faculty is what enables the emergence of a degree of quality, filtering out the bad ideas, whether intellectual or artistic, and critical faculty is of course governed by one's sensibility which itself manifests in taste. 

Let me refer readers of the post to the fine book Taste by the thinker Giorgio Agamben.