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Douglas Moggach

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B. A. (Toronto); M.A, Ph.D. (Princeton)


Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Douglas Moggach has held visiting appointments at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and at the Universities of Münster, Cambridge, Sydney, and Queen Mary University of London. In 2007, he was awarded a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship. His research focuses on German philosophy from Leibniz to Marx, from historical and systematic perspectives. He has published widely in the field, including The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer (Cambridge, 2003); The New Hegelians (Cambridge, 2006); Politics, Religion, and Art: Hegelian Debates (Northwestern, 2011). In 1995, he published, with Winfried Schulze, Bruno Bauer: Über die Prinzipien des Schönen. De pulchri principiis (Akademie Verlag), a Latin-German edition of a newly-discovered 1829 prize manuscript in aesthetics by a student of Hegel. His work has appeared in seven languages. He is a member of the editorial board of Hegel-Studien, and is currently co-editing a volume on the Revolutions of 1848, and working on a book on Leibniz and German philosophy.

In 2014-15 he taught HUMS 4000 along with Professor Farhang Rajaee in the College of Humanities.

Research Interests

• German Philosophy
• History of Political Thought, Ancient and Modern
• Aesthetics
• Ethics

 Selected Publications

Douglas Moggach, ed., Politics, Religion, and Art: Hegelian Debates, Northwestern University Press, Evanston IL, 2011, 370 pp.; paperback edition 2012. Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2011.09.30)

Douglas Moggach, Hegelianismo, Republicanismo, e Modernidade [Hegelianism, Republicanism, and Modernity], ed. and trans. Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Edição PUCRS (Press of the Catholic University, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), 80 pp., 2010
Reviewed in Dissertatio (, autumn 2010

Douglas Moggach, ed., The New Hegelians: Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006, 345 pp. Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2007.05.02), and 6 other venues

Douglas Moggach, The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003), paperback edition, 2007, 302 pp. Short-listed for the C.B. Macpherson Prize, 2004. Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, 24 Sept. 2004, and 10 other venues. Review essay, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 63, 2009, pp. 313-334; Historical Materialism, 19/2 (2011), 160-74.
German translation: Philosophie und Politik bei Bruno Bauer, trans. Brita Isabel Oeding, Forschungen zum Junghegelianismus, ed. Konrad Feilchenfeld and Lars Lambrecht, with Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Lang, Frankfurt, 2009, 285 pp.

Chapters and Articles
“Political Theories of European Romanticism,” Oxford Companion to European Romanticism, ed. Paul Hamilton, Oxford University Press, 38 pp., forthcoming 2015.

“Bruno Bauer,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, newly revised December 2013 (electronic publication at, 15 pages); original publication March 2002.

“German Idealism and Marx,” The Impact of Idealism – the Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought, general editor Nicholas Boyle; volume editor John Walker: vol. 2, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 82-107.

“Aesthetics and Politics,” in Gareth Stedman Jones and Gregory Claeys, eds., Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011, pp. 479-520.

“Freedom and Perfection: German Debates on the State in the Eighteenth Century,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 42, no. 4, 2009, pp. 1003-1023.