Carolyn Korsmeyer (born 1950) is an author and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo in New York. She is generally recognized for her study and research on aesthetics, feminism, and emotion theory.[1]


1 Career
2 Overview of major work

2.1 Philosophy of taste
2.2 Feminist perspectives in aesthetics

3 Honors and achievements
4 References

Carolyn received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1972. In 1978, she began working as a professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo where she continues to work today as the Head of the Philosophy Department.[2] Since beginning her career at the University of Buffalo, Korsmeyer has been recognized multiple times for her outstanding performance and continued achievements for her work both in and away from Philosophy.[2] During her long career, Korsmeyer has published multiple acclaimed articles and books on feminism and aesthetics.[2]
Overview of major work[edit]
After receiving her PhD in 1972, Korsmeyer began to focus her research on feminist philosophy and the field of aesthetics. Feminist perspectives in aesthetics has long been major work of Korsmeyer.[2] Fine art, genius, beauty, taste, and aesthetic perception are gendered issues that she has studied and researched.[3]
Philosophy of taste[edit]
The philosophy of taste is a relatively new subject in the field of philosophy, however Korsmeyer’s study of “bad taste” is well known.[1] Her consideration of taste in philosophy explores why pungent food like soured milk, fried bugs, extremely hot peppers, and game meat are seen as strong and complex to our palettes.[4] A theoretical understanding of taste of food is compared to the philosophy and interpretation of art in that both deem the similar qualities that entail discriminating perception and also that food and art are both considered ‘artistic in creation.’ [4] The argument Korsmeyer presents is that these “cosmopolitan foods” are so complex that they lie on a nearly transparent line straddling between the sublime and disgusting and, when the brain is given the choice, usually the positive reaction wins. Thus, these seemingly disgusting foods give a positive aesthetic response.[3]
Her publications on the subject include:[5]

Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2011)
The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink (ed.) (Oxford: Berg Publishers 2005)
Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy (Ithaca: Cornell Univ