Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Steve Cortright


This is an inquiry into the paths set by philosophy and art towards Truth. While art and philosophy seem opposed to each, this inquiry attempts to understand the two as complementary. This is because while art seems to have greater reach in the world, philosophy nonetheless seems to influence these artistic modes. Yet on the flip side, philosophy can point to ideas found in art that help articulate its own points, by analogy. The first task of this inquiry must be to look into the effects these two have on each other. In order to do this, we must discuss what is truth, art, and inspiration. Once their relationship has been established and looked at, we can then determine if they are in fact complementary.

All these discussions are aided by textual references from Plato, Aquinas, St. John of the Cross, and others.