The aesthetics of wine
Every year The British Society of Aesthetics meets at some British university, gathering together philosophers from around the world. Every year they ask an outsider, a supposed expert in a related field, to deliver the Empson lecture given in honour of the literary critic and poet Sir William Empson at the end of the only full day of the conference. Recent Empson lecturers have included the poet Geoffrey Hill; author and art critic Martin Gayford; The Independent 's former chief art critic, Tom Lubbock; and Guardian journalist and Turner Prize judge Jonathan Jones. Of course I was hugely flattered to be asked...
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