Scruton is entitled to his view - an entirely subjective one of course. Other philosophers offer different views. How many should we try trading?
From Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume
(Hume 1757, 136)
Hume was a long time ago. A great thinker, yes. Then I think, a 12 yr old youngster knows more about our universe and our emergence here, including some of the factors during our long brain (intellectual) development (as music is concerned), than anyone back then. How was he misguided by the assumptions and guesses of his time? I don’t know enough about him, and we probably can’t know..
But I totally agree that seeing beauty is so very subjective! To me, it’s of little logical use in a debate like this.
Instead of finding ‘beauty’ for all the various life paths and emotional temperaments, how about finding works worthy of study, learning music as a language young so that it’s part of your life, decade after decade, all leading to deeper appreciations, for when you need it all much later. The effort in learning the language and the principles of analysis pays back rewards many times over, week after week, over the many many years.
Posters will get tired of hearing this view from me, but the creeping relativism is so sad to me. Like it’s harmless?, or required by civilized society?. As an educator, why not elevate the great works (in all the arts, sorta like we do in science), and then let the youngsters tear down the statues and criticize it all AFTER they’re prepared to do so (like we criticize Aristotle and Newton after we know enough). This is the way it was in the early half of the 1900s, I believe.
I think we’re going very wrong.. but I suspect we won’t be turning the ship around, and all I can do is watch the results, confirming my fears.