Marcia Morgan Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Affiliate Faculty Member in
Sustainability Studies and
Women's & Gender Studies

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


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

Recent Courses:

Ethics, Philosophy and the Arts, Philosophy of Feminism, 19th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Hegelian Dialectics: Interpretations and Applications, The Politics of Memory, Environmental Philosophy

Areas of Specialization:

Philosophy of art and aesthetics, ethics, 19th-20th century Continental philosophy. Special focus on Kierkegaard and existentialism, critical theory, feminist theory and literary theory. Current scholarship critiques and develops contemporary notions of humanitarian care, including aesthetic, ethical and political frameworks of care.

Areas of Concentration:

Phenomenology and German Idealism (Kant and Hegel)

Recent Awards at Muhlenberg College:

2018-19 Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship (full academic year)

2018, 2015 and 2012, Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson Research Award

May 2016, The Paul C. Empie ’29 Memorial Award for Excellence In Teaching

April 2015 and 2012, Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson Research Award

April 2014, Robert C. Williams Research Award for Junior Faculty

Summer 2014, Summer Collaborative Research Grant

Summer 2016, ’15, ‘14, ‘12, and ‘11: Summer Research Grant

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

2014, ‘11 and ‘10, Faculty Course Development Grant, Center for Ethics

External Awards:

Summer 2010, Edna Hong Research Fellowship, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College

2010 and 2003, Visiting Scholar Grant, Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College

2003 and 2000, Guest Scholar in Philosophy, Technical University of Dresden

2000-01, Alice Gurwitsch Dissertation Fellowship, New School

2000-2002 DAAD Annual Fellowship in Germany, Potsdam University and Free University of Berlin

2000 Research Grant, Institute for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship, New School

1999-00 and 2000-01 Dean’s Fellowship, New School

Upcoming and Recent Conference Presentations: 

2019 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, New York;

2019 Via Negativa: Ways of the Negative, with Continual Reference to Kierkegaard, New School for Social Research;

2018 American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego;

2018 Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Meeting, Penn State University;

Conference Presentations:

2017 Irigaray Circle Meeting, University of Winchester, England;

2017 Annual Philosophy of the City Conference, Faculty of Letters, University of Porto;

Keynote Lecture, April 2017 Symposium of People in Support of Women in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York; 

Keynote Lecture, 2016 International Graduate Student Conference, University of Windsor;

2016 Philosophy Guest Speaker Series, New School for Social Research;

2016 Meeting of Association of Adorno Studies, University of Montreal;

2016 Women’s Studies Conference, Gettysburg College;

2015 Critical Theory Roundtable, Yale University; 2015 Annual SPEP Meeting, Emory University;

2015 Meeting of ISEE, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel;

2014 Annual SPEP Meeting, New Orleans;

2014 Philosophy & the Social Sciences Conference, Academy of Sciences, Prague;

2014 Institute for Christian Philosophy Research Lecture, University of Vienna;  

2014 New School Philosophy Alumni Conference;

2014 American Philosophies Forum, Emory and Stony Brook University;

2014 Hale Ethics Series, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Editorial Positions:

Reviewer for Oxford University Press, Duke University Press, Wiley-BlackwellPalgrave Macmillan, Duquesne University Press and associated journals. 

Selected Publications:


Morgan, M. and Megan Craig, co-editors (2016):Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy, with a Foreword by George Yancy, a Prologue by Ed Casey, and an Epilogue by Richard J. Bernstein, Rowman & Littlefield.

Morgan, M. (2012): Kierkegaard and Critical Theory, Rowman & Littlefield.

Heller, Agnes. (2012): The Concept of the Beautiful, Edited with an Essay by Marcia Morgan, Rowman & Littlefield.

Journal Articles:

Morgan, M. (2017): "An Existential Ecofeminism and a Renewed Critical Theory of Nature: An Imagined Dialogue between Simone de Beauvoir and Juergen Habermas," Revista Idéias (vol. 7, n. 2), University of Campinas, Sao Paulo.

Morgan, M. (2016): “The Affect of Dissident Language: A Possibile Dialogue between Theodor W. Adorno and Julia Kristeva,” Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy (University of Pittsburgh Press), vol. 24, no. 1.

Morgan, M. (2015): “Heller and Habermas in Dialogue: Intersubjective Liability and Corporeal Injurability as Foundations of Ethical Subjectivity,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie (Brussels and Paris), no. 3, 303-20.

Morgan, M. (2014): “Transgression, Plurality, and the Romance of Philosophy,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, ed. John Stuhr (Penn State University Press), vol. 28, no. 4, 537-51.

Morgan, Marcia. (2014): "Heller's Either/Or: Continuing a Recent Debate Between Richard J. Bernstein and Ágnes Heller," Thesis Eleven, ed. Andrea Vestrucci (Melbourne), no. 125, 49-65.

Book Chapters:

Morgan, Marcia. (Forthcoming 2019): "Reading Kierkegaard," Blackwell Companion to Adorno, eds. Peter E. Gordon, Espen Hammer, and Max Pensky (Wiley-Blackwell).

Morgan, Marcia. (2018): “Adorno and Beckett: Aesthetic Mimesis and ‘The New’,” Benjamin, Adorno and the Experience of Literature (Routledge Studies in 20thCentury Philosophy), eds. Nathan Ross and Corey McCall.. New York and London: Rutledge.

Morgan, Marcia (2017): “Ágnes Heller and the Kantian Imaginary,” Critical Theories and the Budapest School (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought), eds. John Rundell and Jonathan Pickle. New York and London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Morgan, Marcia. (2016):"Critique, Dissidence, and Aesthetic Emancipation at the Margins" in Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy, ibid.

Morgan Marcia. (2015): “The Benjaminian Moment in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory: Spatiality and the Topos of the Bourgeois Intèrieur,” The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory, ed. Nathan Ross, Rowman & Littlefield International, 17-30.

Hiles, Karen and M. Morgan. (2014): "Papageno: An Aesthetic Awakening of Ethical Desire," Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Volume 16, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate.

Encylopedia Articles:

Morgan, Marcia. (2015): “Otherness, Alterity, and the Other,” Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, vol. 15, tome I, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate.

Morgan, Marcia. (2015): "Spirit," Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources: A Publication of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, vol. 15, tome I, ed. Jon Stewart, Ashgate.

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. She has also taught as a Guest Lecturer in the M.A. Program in Philosophy & Art at Stony Brook University.