Date of Award

Spring 1-6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Thierry de Duve

Second Advisor

Howard Singerman

Academic Program Adviser

Lynda Klich


This thesis reflects on the ways in which art reinforces community and reduces political polarity by stimulating shared feelings, namely through Kant's idea of sensus communis. To illustrate its argument, this thesis analyzes the work of Steve McQueen, a politically aware, ethically engaged, and broadly recognized filmmaker and artist.



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