Frederick Dolan
Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric
Department of Rhetoric
(510) 642-1415

Research Expertise and Interest

political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind and consciousness, aesthetics, theories of interpretation, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt.


My general and abiding interest has been in the relationship of modern political theory to the philosophical and religious traditions and their critics. I am also interested in modernity, the worldly dimensions of imaginative literature, Western religious and spiritual discourses and practices, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. I am currently Professor of Humanities at California College of the Arts, where I was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2006-08. My 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. 

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