Philosophy Department




Marcia Morgan Email Marcia Morgan

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director, Women's and Gender Studies

Moyer, 3rd Floor
Phone: 484-664-3416

B.S. Villanova University
M.A., Ph.D. New School for Social Research

Recent Courses:

Philosophy and the Arts, Philosophy of Feminism, Existentialism, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, 19th Century Philosophy, Phenomenology, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, The Politics of Memory, Theories of Human Nature

Directed Studies:

Discourse and Democracy, Arendtian Action in Art, The Will to Power (Nietzsche, Foucault, Butler), Modern Aesthetics of Music

Areas of Specialization:

ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, theories of subjectivity and postsecularism, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy, Kierkegaard and existentialism, critical theory, and feminist theory

Areas of Concentration:

phenomenology, literary theory, German Idealism (Kant and Hegel)

Recent Awards at Muhlenberg College:

April 2014, Robert C. Williams Research Award for Junior Faculty; Summer 2014, Summer Collaborative Research Grant (8 weeks); January-May 2014, Grant for Research Assistance, (18 weeks); Summer 2014, Summer 2012, and Summer 2011: Faculty Development and Scholarship Summer Research Grant (8 weeks)

2013- 2014, $10,000 Grant for Women's and Gender Studies Forum, "Freedom, Personhood, and Justice," Co-organized with B. Schachter (Theatre) and Sue Jansen (Media & Communications), see:

April 2012, Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson Research Award

Recent External Awards:

May 2011, Invited Lecturer Grant, Centre for Philosophy, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Summer 2010, Edna Hong Research Fellowship, Edna and Howard Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Jan. 2010, Visiting Scholar Grant, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf

Recent Service Positions at Muhlenberg College:

2012-13, Associate Program Director, Center for Ethics, Program on "Market/Values"

2012-15, Assistant Director, Faculty Center for Teaching


Dr. Morgan has published two books, one as editor and co-author with Agnes Heller on The Concept of the Beautiful (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2012), and one as sole author of a monograph on Kierkegaard and Critical Theory (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2012). Her articles are forthcoming in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy (Penn State University Press, 2014), Revue Internationale de Philosophie (Belgium, 2015), and Thesis Eleven (Australia, 2015). She has published an essay on Kierkegaard's "Papageno," two encyclopedia articles (on "Spirit" and "Otherness"), and two book reviews, all forthcoming in the multi-volume series, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Soren Kierkegaard Research Centre (Ashgate, 2015). She has published book chapters in Schleiermacher und Kierkegaard: Subjectivitaet und Wahrheit (Walter de Gruyter, 2006) and Kierkegaard in Lisbon: Contemporary Readings (University of Lisbon, 2012). She has published book reviews in The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal (2012) and The Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature (2013). She is currently working on a monograph on Kierkegaard and phenomenology; a book chapter on Habermas's ethical notion of vulnerability for Habermas Now, ed. Eduardo Mendieta (Polity Press); a book chapter on Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and aesthetic theory for an anthology titled The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory, ed. Nathan Ross (Rowman & Littlefield); and a book chapter on "Kierkegaard, Habermas, and the Obsolescence of Political Theology." She is also currently editing and contributing an introduction to two books: a monograph by Agnes Heller on The Philosophy of Dreams, and a collection of essays titled Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein's Contributions to American Philosophy, with a Foreword by Ed Casey and an Epilogue by Richard J. Bernstein.

Selected Recent Conference Papers and Guest Lectures:

October 23, 2014: "The Onto-Genesis of Ethical Subjectivity and Post-Secular Authenticity," 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, LA

September 26-27, 2014: Co-organizer of Symposium, "Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein's Contributions to American Philosophy," Stony Brook University, New York

May 24, 2014: “Vulnerability and Ethics: Corporeal Injurability in Habermas’s Recent Theory of Ethical Subjectivity,” Philosophy and the Social Sciences Conference, Institute of Philosophy, The Academy of Sciences in Prague

May 20, 2014: “On Communicative Authenticity,” Research Platform:  "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society," Institute for Christian Philosophy, The University of Vienna

May 2, 2014: “Intersubjective Liability and Corporeal Injurability: On Communicative Freedom,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Alumni Conference, Graduate Department of Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York

April 24, 2014: “Heller’s Either/Or: Or, What Makes a Person Choose the Ethical,” Hale Ethics Series, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

April 3, 2014: “Transgression, Plurality, and the Romance of Philosophy,” Crossings, Hybrids, Genres, Conference of the American Philosophies Forum, Co-sponsored by Emory University and Stony Brook Manhattan, New York

Previous Positions:

Prior to Muhlenberg, Dr. Morgan taught as Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennyslvania and at Postdam University in Germany. She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.