Frederick Dolan
Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric
Department of Rhetoric
(510) 847-9221

Research Expertise and Interest

Political and moral philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind and consciousness, aesthetics, theories of interpretation, American culture, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt.


Frederick Dolan earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1987. His general and abiding interest has been in the relationship of modern political theory to the philosophical and religious traditions and their critics. He is also interested in the nature of modernity, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, hermeneutics, film, literature, and American culture. He is currently Professor of Humanities at California College of the Arts, where he was associate dean of graduate studies from 2006-08. His teaching lately has concentrated on the concept of art, the meaning of life, ethical and moral philosophy, technology, and the public versus the social spheres. He is now working on a study of the Schopenhauerian and Nietzschean themes in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and on the concept of a "right to be" in the late poetry of Wallace Stevens.

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