Fred Rush

Professor of Philosophy

Fred Rush

311 Malloy Hall
by appointment or as specified on course syllabus


Ph.D., Columbia

Research Interest

My principal areas of research are the history of 18th-20th-century European philosophy, the philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy. 

I studied philosophy as an undergraduate, having started out in classics. After a hiatus of about a decade, I did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Munich and at Columbia University.I have taught at Notre Dame since 2001, with visiting stints at Cambridge, Chicago, and Munich. 


Representative Publications


Irony and Idealism. Oxford, 2016.

On Architecture. Routledge, 2009. 

Edited collections

Philosophy of Sculpture: Historical Problems, Contemporary Approaches, ed. Routledge, 2020 (with K. Gjesdal and I. Torsen).

The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory, ed. Cambridge, 2004.