Research Interests: philosophy of mind, moral psychology, aesthetics, philosophy of literature, later Wittgenstein.
Professor Richard Moran received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1989 and began teaching at Princeton, coming to Harvard in 1995. His interests include philosophy of mind and moral psychology, the nature of testimony, aesthetics and the philosophy of literature, and the later Wittgenstein.
He has recently taught courses on the above topics, and on speech-acts, philosophy of action, self-consciousness and intersubjectivity, and Marcel Proust.
He has published papers on metaphor, on imagination and emotional engagement with art, on action and practical knowledge, and speech and testimony. His book, Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge, was published by Princeton University Press in 2001. A collection of his papers, The Philosophical Imagination, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017. His book The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity will appear from OUP in 2018. Recent publications include:
* ‘Kant, Proust, and the Appeal of Beauty’, Critical Inquiry vol. 38, no. 2, Winter 2012
* "Self-knowledge, 'Transparency', and the Forms of Activity" in Introspection and Consciousness, edited by Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar (OUP, 2012).
* 'Williams, History, and "the impurity of philosophy’, The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 24, no. 2, June 2016.