John Rapko

About the Author John Rapko

John Rapko is a Bay Area-based philosopher whose work is primarily in the fields of art philosophy, art history, and ethics. He has taught and lectured in several art schools, colleges, and universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley and Stanford, as well as in South America and Europe. He currently teaches art history at the College of Marin and ethics and the philosophy of art at CCA. He has published academic writing in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the British Journal of Aesthetics, and the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, and art criticism in Artweek and at He disdains the haughtiness of the art world, but finds it increasingly amusing. As for education, he received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, but for his real education he owes his influence to Mark Van Proyen, whose legacy has helped him to realize that he is not the most cynical person on Earth.