Lydia Moland

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 2:00-3:30, Th 4:00-5:30
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 ACentral Philosophical Issues: On Being Human
PL113 BCentral Philosophical Issues: On Being Human
PL211 AMoral Philosophy
PL232 AHistory of Modern Philosophy
PL357 ABeauty and Truth: The German Age of Aesthetics

Professional Information

Please see my personal website at Lydia Moland

Current Research

I am currently writing a biography of the American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child. My previous 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,” (Oxford University Press, 2019), 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 also recently edited a volume entitled "All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in 19th-Century Philosophy," (Springer 2018), and have 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 recent grant support from the DAAD (2015), the American Council of Learned Societies (2017), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2018).



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

All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in 19th-Century Philosophy. Edited volume. (Springer, 2018).

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

Selected articles:
“Is She An Unusual Woman? Say No More. Germaine de Staël, Lydia Maria Child, and the Roots of American Abolitionism.” Chapter in Women and Philosophy in 18th-Century Germany, ed. Corey Dyck, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

"Lydia Maria Child on Conscience and Consistency." British Journal for the History of Philosophy (forthcoming).

“Conjectural Truths: Kant and Schiller on Educating Humanity.” Chapter in Kant and his German Contemporaries, vol. II, ed. Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (91-108).

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

"The North's Racial Blindness" (on Lydia Maria Child). The Boston Globe August 19, 2017.

“Taking Laughter Seriously in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.” Chapter in All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, ed. Lydia L. Moland, Springer, 2018 (1-14).

“Reconciling Laughter: Hegel on Comedy and Humor.” Chapter in All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, ed. Lydia L. Moland, Springer, 2018 (15-31).

“Virtue, Cosmopolitanism and Reform in 18th-and 19th-Century German Patriotism.” Chapter in Handbook of Patriotism. Edited by Mitja Sardoc, Springer, 2017.

“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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