Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Ethan '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

Since we are not likely to be able to hold a live Colloquium this year due to COVID-19 and campus closures, we are looking at options to showcase these presentations on our website. Stay tuned.

Ethan ‘20
How may the famous moral principles of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle be used to better understand how high school students could decide whether or not to listen to the music of artists such as Michael Jackson and R. Kelly.

About Ethan’s Thesis:
In his thesis, Ethan is looking at the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant and the golden mean of Aristotle to see how these moral principles govern whether or not individuals should listen to artists who have committed immoral or illegal acts, like Michael Jackson or R. Kelly. He is going to investigate whether individuals have a better feeling when they decide to listen, or not to listen, to the music created by particular artists according to Kant’s and Aristotle’s moral principles. Ethan wants to better understand the moral dilemma people face when they have no idea whether or not to listen to the music of someone who has committed immoral or illegal acts.

This topic is important to Ethan because music plays a significant part in his life, and he understands how influential music can be. 

Researcher Bio:
Ethan has been playing tennis at Bosque since 7th grade and has been a part of Bosque’s band since 6th grade.