Photo of Rick EllrodRick Ellrod (Frederick E. Ellrod III) has been a storyteller, and a lover of stories, from childhood.  He has published two novellas and two short stories.  (See Stories and Work in Progress for details.)  He is also an amateur musician with more enthusiasm than talent.

Professionally, Rick is Director of the Communications Policy and Regulation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services.  From 1992-2009, he worked as an attorney in a law firm representing local governments on cable and telecommunications issues.  Earlier, he taught philosophy for several years at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Rick graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1986 and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University (1979).  He is a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA).

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Selected Nonfiction Writing


Frederick E. Ellrod III and Nicholas P. Miller, “Property Rights, Federalism, and the Public Rights-of-Way,” 26 Seattle U. L. Rev. 475 (2003).

Reply Comments of Frederick E. Ellrod III, FCC’s net neutrality proceeding, WC Docket No. 17-108 (8/28/2017).


George F. McLean & Frederick E. Ellrod, eds., Philosophical Foundations for Moral Education and Character Development: Act and Agent , 2d ed. expanded (Washington, D.C.: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 1992)

Self-Actualization and Self-Interest.  In James W. Kidd, ed., Philosophy, Psychology and Spirituality  (San Francisco:  Golden Phoenix Press, 1984), pp. 60-70

On the Achievement of Peace.  In The Peace Movements (Rome:  Research Center of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, [1984], pp. 94-106  (PDF)

Emotion and the Good in Moral Development, Analecta Husserliana 15 (1983):  465-82 (PDF)

Moral Education in the United States:  An Overview (with Kevin Ryan).  Communio 10 (1983):  80-91  (PDF)

Energeia and Process in AristotleInternational Philosophical Quarterly 22 (1982):  175-81  (PDF)

Morality and Interests:  A Critique of Kohlberg’s Ethical TheoryCommunio 7 (1980):  259-68  (PDF)

Four Models of Causality:  A Study of Freedom, Agency and Causation in Kant  (Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University, 1979)  (PDF)

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