Date of Award


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Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication


Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy, which attempts to define art using a set of purported characteristics that, when applied to particular pieces, will aid in making discriminations between art and non-art. Aesthetics also traditionally examines the creation, appreciation, and criticism of art. Theories of aesthetics are constructed to assist one in making judgments as to whether or not a piece is art or is beautiful. Ideally, theories serve two primary tasks. The first is to provide an explanation, which will aid in separating out those items not covered in the scope of the theory. Also, theories are used as a vehicle for prediction. Using theories, one can determine in advance whether a piece will be classified as art or beautiful under its formulation.

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Philosophy Commons



Faculty Mentor

Charles W. Johnson

Departmental Honors Advisor

Capstone Committee Member