Lydia Moland

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Lovejoy 251 [ campus map ]
Box 4550

Phone: 207-859-4555
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
4550 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8845
Office Hours:
M 3:30-5:00 p.m.; Th 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Moland, Lydia

Education

BA Boston University 1997
MA Boston University 1997
Ph.D. Boston University 2002

Areas of Expertise

  • Hegel
  • German Idealism
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethics

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
PL113 A Central Philosophical Issues: On Being Human
PL201 A Philosophy Colloquium I
PL202 A Philosophy Colloquium II
PL232 A History of Modern Philosophy
PL234 A Philosophy and Art
PL337 A Philosophy of Humor
PL359 A 19th-Century Philosophy

Current Research

My research interests involve connecting the history of philosophy, especially Hegel, with contemporary ethical and political theory. To bridge these two spheres, I focus on the concept of "practical identity," a term used to describe the commitments we make that inform our ethical lives. I am especially interested in the ethical nature of our inherited commitments, including family relations, nationality, and race. In "Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism" (Northwestern University Press, 2011), I use Hegel's philosophy to consider the meaning of patriotism as a component of practical identity both historically and in contemporary society. In my current manuscript project, entitled "The Art of Agency," I explore what Hegel's theory of aesthetics can teach us about agency and practical identity. Most recently, I have been researching why the term "humor" was thought to have serious philosophical significance during Hegel's generation and how that significance impacts our understanding of Hegel's aesthetics but also of humor's role in aesthetics today.

Publications

Book:
Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism (Northwestern University Press, 2011).
Selected articles:
"Philosophy of History." In Hegel: Key Concepts. Edited by Michael Baur. Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2014.
"A Hegelian Approach to Global Poverty." In Hegel and Global Justice. Edited by Andrew Buchwalter. New York: Springer, 2012 (131-154).
"An Unrelieved Heart: Hegel, Tragedy, and Schiller's 'Wallenstein'." New German Critique 113 (2011): 1-23.
"Grasping the 'Raw I': Race and Tragedy in Philip Roth's 'The Human Stain'." Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 2, no. 2 (2008): 27-46.
"Commitments of a Divided Self: Narrative, Change and Autonomy in Korsgaard's Ethics." European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 4, no. 1 (2008): 27-46.
"History and Patriotism in Hegel's Rechtsphilosophie." History of Political Thought 28, no. 3 (2007): 496-519.
"Inheriting, Earning and Owning: The Source of Practical Identity in Hegel's 'Anthropology'." The Own of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America 34, no. 2 (2003): 139-170.
"Fight, Flight or Respect? First Encounters of the Other in Kant and Hegel." History of Philosophy Quarterly 19, no. 4 (2002): 381-400.

Annual Humanities Theme "Reflections of Terrorism"

In 2011-12, I co-coordinated the Annual Humanities Theme "Reflections of Terrorism" with Professor Cyrus Shahan (German and Russian)

Annual Humanities Theme "Comedy, Seriously"

In 2012-13, I coordinated the Annual Humanities Theme "Comedy, Seriously."

 


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