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


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 BCentral Philosophical Issues: On Being Human
PL232 AHistory of Modern Philosophy
PL234 APhilosophy and Art
PL357 ABeauty and Truth: The German Age of Aesthetics
PL401 APhilosophy Colloquium I
PL402 APhilosophy Colloquium II

Current Research

My research focuses on the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel and other writers of the period known as German Idealism. I am currently working on a book entitled “Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism,” forthcoming from Oxford University Press, in which 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. 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. This research will also result in an edited volume entitled "Humor, Comedy, and Laughter in 19th-Century Philosophy," forthcoming from Springer. I am also working on 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), explored the role of political affiliations in Hegel’s description of ethical life and extended that analysis to contemporary society. Recently, I have received grant support of my work from the DAAD (2015) and the ACLS (2017).



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

Selected articles:

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

“Hegel’s Philosophy of Art.” Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Hegel. Edited by Dean Moyar, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

“Schiller.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming).

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

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

"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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