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 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,” 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. 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.

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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