This Independent Study thesis aims at developing an alternative account of the Aesthetic Theory that is inclusive and universal to all works of art. I will argue that traditional accounts of the aesthetic theory promote a non-personal relationship with art that separates the viewer from the object and the artist’s intentions. This separation alienates and disregards human production and experience from the work of art. I claim that there are two steps to remedy this. The first, is through clarifying the necessary conditions of an aesthetic experience and virtues of the work of art. The second is through capturing all art, not only euro-centric art. Using the test cases of Islamic Ornamentation-The Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace- I demonstrate two key examples of works of art that effectively promote a fulfilled, genuine aesthetic experience. The universal aesthetic theory will ameliorate human alienation to promote the progress of the human being to reach ultimate human flourishing in everyday experiences.


Rudisill, John



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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