Affiliated Faculty Professor

Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emerson College

120 Boylston St., 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02116







Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Philosophy of Religion. Boston University, 2010.

Alan Olson (principal advisor). Dissertation: Hegel, History, and Evil: Towards Finite Theodicies.

Part one published as Hegel, the End of History, and the Future. Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Harvard University, The Divinity School, 2002.


Bachelor of Music (MusB), Voice, University of Central Arkansas, 1995.

Tenor performance major, minor in German language and literature.



Academic Employment:  


Affiliated Faculty Professor (since 2007), Emerson College, Boston, MA.


Courses taught:

Chinese Philosophy

Introduction to Ethics

Ethics and Justice

Environmental Ethics

Narrative Ethics

Religion in Eastern Cultures

Christian Ways of Life

Foundations of Islamic Thought


Directed Studies:

The Axial Age: Philosophy and History

Aesthetic Philosophy: Plato to Adorno

Power and Sacrifice

The Ethics of Place: Ecology and Urban Life



Senior Adjunct Professor of Philosophy (since 2008), Fisher College, Boston, MA.


Courses taught:

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to World Religions

Topics: Philosophy of Religion

Plato, Aristotle, and Greek Thought

Aesop=s Fables: Philosophy and Folklore

Creation Narratives

Introduction to Philosophy, Online

Introduction to Ethics, Online

Introduction to World Religions, Online



Visiting Instructor (2012), Emmanuel College, Boston MA.             


Courses taught:

Religion and the Environment: Ethical Explorations




Educational Consulting:


Expert consultant, MindEdge Inc., 2012-13 (Waltham, MA, Review philosophy and religion online teaching modules for content, accuracy, scope, and clarity.



Areas of Specialization:


German Idealism, hermeneutics, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer

Philosophy of religion, particularly issues of evil and the divine


Areas of Competence:


Ethics, all areas, particularly Aristotle=s relevance to applied ethical problems

Philosophy, religion and literature (theology and Romantic German and English poetry)

Augustine, 19th-20th century German Protestant thought, Catholic nouvelle théologie, esp. Rahner.

Phenomenology and religion from Husserl to Marion

East Asian philosophy, particularly Classical Confucian, Daoist, and Neo-Confucian thought





Visiting Junior Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria, 2006.


Boston University Institute for Human Sciences Fellowship and Stipend, Spring 2006.

Dissertation fellowship, September 2007 B May 2008.





Hegel, the End of History, and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.




Anton Barba-Kay. "Dale, Eric M.: Hegel, the End of History, and the Future." The Review of Metaphysics 68.4 (2015): 847-49.



Francesco Campana. "Eric M. Dale, Hegel, the End of History, and the Future." Recensioni di filosofia 4:1 (2015).



J. A. Gauthier. "Dale, Eric Michael. Hegel, the end of history, and the future." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries May 2015: 1513.



Towards Finite Theodicies: Hegel, Heidegger, Hölderlin. Complete, revising stage.


A Philosophy of the Gods. In preparation.


Justice: Tradition, Canon, Ambivalence. Proposal/research stage.



Journal Articles:


ACausal Efficacy and the Hermeneutical Experience@. Revising.


ABonaventure and Phenomenology: Marion and the Gift@. Revising.


AHegel and De Anima@. In preparation.


AHölderlin, Wordsworth, and Divine Absence@. In preparation.


AHumanism and Despotism: Hegel and Jaspers on Chinese History and Religion@. Existenz: An International Journal of Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts. 5:1. Spring 2010.


AHegel, Jesus, and Judaism@. Animus: The Canadian Journal of Philosophy and Humanities 11. 2006.


AEurope, Religion, and Self-Identity@. IWM Post 94:16-17, Vienna, Austria. Fall 2006.


AHegel, Evil, and the End of History@. In History and Judgement. Eds. I. Torsen and A. MacLachlan. IWM Junior Visiting Fellows Conferences, Vol. 21. Vienna: IWM. 2006.



Other Media:


AYour Cup of Tea@. Interview by Jacqui Frasca for Today=s Chiropractic LifeStyle, Feb/Mar 2013. Expert contributor on Chinese and Japanese culture and tea.


AThe Philosophy of Rights@. Radio interview participant for You Are Here: The Right to Freedom, 88.9 WERS FM, 30 Sept 2012. Expert contributor on Hegel, rights, and the communitarian tradition.


I have written and appeared in a series of short videos lecturing on specific topics in philosophy of religion and religious studies for MindEdge, Inc., an online educational content provider (2012-13).



Invited Lectures & Panels:


Chair, Colloquium on "Pascal on the Good Life: When Happiness Fails, Try Stoicism". American Philosophical Assoc. Pacific Division Meeting, 1 April 2016


AMarion and Recent French Phenomenology@. Arkansas Tech University Dept of History and Political Science, 20 April 2015.


AHegel and Contemporary World Politics: The Use and Misuse of a Philosopher@. Suffolk University Political Research Center, 15 August 2014.


AThe Confucian Junzi and the Aristotelian Phronimos@. Cross-cultural workgroup on philosophy, Harvard‑Yenching Institute, 25 May 2014.


Chair, AAuthor Meets Critics: Terry Pinkard, Hegel=s Naturalism: Mind, Nature, and the Final Ends of Life@. American Philosophical Assoc. Eastern Division Meeting, 27 Dec 2013.


AGod and the Philosophers: A Reply to Nichols and Jones@. American Philosophical Assoc. Pacific Division Meeting, 5 April 2012.


AThe Interplay of Ren and Li in Kongzi=s Lun Yu@. Shawnee State University Dept of English and Humanities. 22 April 2011.


AHumanism and Despotism: Hegel and Jaspers on Chinese History and Religion@. American Philosophical Assoc. Eastern Division Meeting, 28 December 2009.


AQuinquae viae: Aquinas and the Western Medieval Reception of Aristotelian Thought@. John Brown University Dept of Biblical Studies, 14 February 2008.


ALoss and the Religious Quest in the Poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin and Charles Williams@. Boston University College of Fine Arts, Tuesday Evening Lecture Series, 23 January 2007.


AThe State/Individual and God/World Dynamics in Hegel's Philosophy of World History@. Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria, 15 February 2006.


AThe Possibility of Facing Death: Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Death, and Faith@. Florida State University, 2005 Dept. of Religion Graduate Symposium, 2 April 2005.


ADistance and the Divine: Wordsworth, Hölderlin, and the Absence of God@. University of Texas at Brownsville, 2005 Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, 29 September 2005. Paper accepted, declined the invitation to present.


AYog~c~ra Buddhism, Kant, and Husserl: Comparative Phenomenology or Misplaced Idealism?@ Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, 4 October 2004.


ATowards a Poetics of Place: Heidegger, Hölderlin, World, and Earth@. Harvard University, The Worldly Earth: An Ecological Conference, 20 March 2004.



Professional Service:


In 2016 I reviewed and redesigned Fisher College's online philosophy and religion courses in advance of adoption of new Blackboard Learning Environment upgrades to the College's online course offerings. This included reviewing and preparing college-wide online standards and syllabus for all online philosophy and religion courses for Fisher College’s Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies.


In 2011‑12 I reviewed and rewrote the learning objectives and course catalogue descriptions for Fisher College's philosophy and religion courses in advance of the College's reaccreditation process by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.



Current Projects:


My first book was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2014, entitled Hegel, the End of History, and the Future. It contains chapters on Herder, Fichte, Engels, Nietzsche, and Kojève, as well as Hegel=s philosophy of history. This monograph is the only book-length study currently available in English which is devoted entirely to tracing the history and interpretation of one of the most important and misunderstood aspects of Hegel=s historical and political philosophy, the myth of the Aend of history@ B namely, that Hegel alleges that all of intellectual history has come to an end with his own philosophy of freedom and the political situation which arises in the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. My book breaks new ground in Hegel studies by setting Hegel=s philosophy of history within the context of his overall body of work as well as showing its relationship to other writers on philosophy and history.


I have completed and am now revising a manuscript considering Hegel=s historical theodicy in dialogue with Heidegger and Hölderlin (approx. 150,000 words). The title of this work is Towards Finite Theodicies: Hegel, Heidegger, Hölderlin. I expect to be able to place it with Cambridge University Press as a companion to my earlier book with them. Arguing that neither Hegel=s absolute God nor Heidegger=s last God offers a satisfying account of evil, I offer an interpretation of Hölderlin=s poetic theme of an absent God, in order to suggest a better way to think about the issue of evil and the divine. As a work of philosophical theology, it contributes to the debates surrounding the nature of the divine and the question of human evil. As a work of history of philosophy, it is a reappraisal both of Hegel=s philosophy of history and his philosophy of religion. I consider Hegel=s historical theodicy in light of his so-called end of history thesis, and the challenges that have arisen against theodicy in the wake of Heidegger=s critique of ontotheological metaphysics. In this study I take seriously the criticisms brought against Hegel=s historicist theodicy, while proposing a new way to understand his work.


In the process of revising Theodicies I began to research a general philosophy of religion I am calling A Philosophy of the Gods. Having dealt with theodicy, I will primarily concentrate in this book on the experience of divine absence and divine neglect in contemporary thought. I am particularly interested in bringing traditional continental and analytic philosophy of religion into conversation with the philosophical and literary movements revolving around the pessimism, anxiety, and weird realism found in the works of Emil Cioran, Michel Houellebecq, Thomas Ligotti, H. P. Lovecraft, and others. Moving from the demiurge of Plato=s Timaeus to the misotheism of Cioran and the AElsewhere@ of John K. Roth, this book will offer an interpretation of religious experience which usually remains neglected by more traditional philosophies of religion.


Finally, I am structuring a manuscript for a book on justice, based on my successful course at Emerson College AEthics and Justice,@ which I have taught since 2007. This book would fill a void in the literature by placing important continental and analytic theories of justice next to one another. The book is arranged chronologically, with chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Confucius, Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Hegel, Rawls, Habermas, MacIntyre, Lévinas, Badiou, and ðiñek. This manuscript is in the planning and research stage, though I have several years of lecture and class notes upon which to draw.





German: reading and research competence, basic speaking skills

French: reading and research competence, basic speaking skills

Biblical & Classical Greek: basic reading and research competence

Biblical Hebrew: basic reading and research competence

Classical Chinese: I am learning this so as to work more fluently in Confucian philosophy



Professional Affiliations: 


American Philosophical Association

American Academy of Religion

The Hegel Society of America

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

The Karl Jaspers Society of North America

The Heidegger Circle





A list of professional references regarding teaching and scholarship can be provided immediately upon request.



Updated 23 Sept 2016