Fred Rush


Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-4187 

Office: 311 Malloy 
Office Hours: 



Ph.D., Columbia 

Areas of Interest

History of Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art



Irony and Idealism. Oxford University Press, Under contract, Oxford University Press
On Architecture. London: Routledge, 2008.
The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. Cambridge University Press, 2004


  • ‘Danto, Hegel, and the Work of Art’, in The Philosophy of Arthur C. Danto, ed. R. Auxier. Library of the Living Philosophers, vol. XXXIII (Open Court, 2013), pp. 459-77.
  • ‘Art and Society in Kant’, in Akten des 11. Internationalen-Kongresses [2013].
  • ‘Reason and Receptivity in Critical Theory’, Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 [2011], pp. 1043-51.
  • ‘Hegel, Humor, and the Ends of Art’, Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain (2011)
  • ‘Adorno after Adorno’, in Art and Aesthetics after Adorno, ed., A. Cascardi. University of California Press, 2010
  • ‘Literature and Politics’ in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature, ed., R. Eldridge. Oxford University Press, 2009
  • ‘Hegelians—Young and Younger’, in German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives, ed., E. Hammer. London: Routledge, 2007
  • ‘Irony and Romantic Subjectivity’, in Philosophical Romanticism, ed., N. Kompridis. London: Routledge, 2006
  • ‘Remnants of Beauty’, Inquiry (2005)
  • ‘Mikroanalyse, Genealogie, Konstellationsforschung’, in Konstellationsforschung, ed. M. Mulsow & M. Stamm.  Frankfurt a/M: Surhkamp, 2005
  • ‘Conceptual Foundations of Early Critical Theory’, in The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • ‘Jena Romanticism and Benjamin’s Critical Epistemology’, in Walter Benjamin and Romanticism, ed., A. Benjamin. London: Continuum, 2003
  • ‘The Availability of Heidegger’s Later Thought’, Inquiry (2001)
  • ‘The Harmony of the Faculties’, Kant-Studien (2001)

Additional Information:

Fred Rush studied philosophy at Columbia University and the University of Munich and social and political science at the University of Cambridge.  He has held visiting appointments at Cambridge and Munich. He has been the recipient of ACLS, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships. His main research interests are the history of 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy, the philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy.  He is the author of Irony and Idealism: Rereading Schlegel, Hegel, and Kierkegaard (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016), On Architecture (Routledge, 2009), and numerous journal essays.  He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory (Cambridge, 2004) and edited the Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus for many years. Three other monographs are in various stages of completion: Deep Aesthetics, Beautifully Broken, and Film and Experience: Kieślowski, Tarkhovsky, Malick.