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

Current Research

My research focuses on the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel and other writers of the period known as German Idealism. In “Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism,” forthcoming from Oxford University Press, I argue that situating Hegel’s philosophy of art within his idealism allows us to understand his notorious “end of art” thesis as well as his conception of aesthetic experience. I have recently begun extending my research to women philosophers of the 19th century, including the American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child. I am also editing a volume entitled "Humor, Comedy, and Laughter in 19th-Century Philosophy," forthcoming from Springer, and have recently completed two essays on the philosophical writings of the playwright Friedrich Schiller. My first book, "Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism" (Northwestern University Press, 2011), explores the role of political affiliations in Hegel’s description of ethical life and extends that analysis to contemporary society. I have received grant support from the DAAD (2015) and am a current fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Publications


Books:

Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism (Northwestern University Press, 2011).

Hegel's Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Humor, Comedy, and Laughter in 19th-Century Philosophy. Edited volume. (Springer, forthcoming).

Selected articles:
For Our Cause is Just (on American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child) The Paris Review Daily, July 7, 2017.

“Conjectural Truths: Kant and Schiller on Educating Humanity.” Chapter in Kant and his German Contemporaries, vol. II, ed. Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

“Virtue, Cosmopolitanism and Reform in 18th-and 19th-Century German Patriotism.” Chapter in Handbook of Patriotism. Edited by Mitja Sardoc, Springer (forthcoming).

“Hegel’s Philosophy of Art.” Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Hegel. Edited by Dean Moyar. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017): 559-580.

Friedrich Schiller, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Summer 2017 Edition.

“’And Why Not?’ Hegel, Comedy, and the End of Art.” Verifiche: Rivista Trisemesterale di Scienze Umane XLV, no. 1-2 (2016): 1-32.
"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 Owl 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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