Political Science Faculty

Paul Wilford

Assistant Professor


Paul Wilford joined the Political Science Department of Boston College in 2016.  His principal areas of research are German Idealism (especially Kant and Hegel), Ancient Greek Philosophy (especially Aristotle), and the Philosophy of History.  Other scholarly interests include: Early Modern Political Thought; Existentialism; Early Modern Philosophy; and Philosophy of Art (especially Lessing and Kant).  He has published "A Look at Kantian Theodicy: Rational Faith and the Idea of History" in American Dialectic (Vol. IV no.2) in Fall 2014 and co-authored Greek Paradigm Handbook (Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.) in 2010. Professor Wilford is teaching Fundamental Concepts of Politics, History and Politics, and Hegel's Phenomenology during the 2016-2017 academic year.




Selected Publications

The Theological Dimension of Agency: Forgiveness, Recognition, and Responsibility in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 72, no. 3 (2019): 497–527.

“Hegel on the Trial of Socrates and the End of Aesthetic Democracy.” In Hegel and Ancient Philosophy: A Re-Examination, ed. G.A. Magee. Routledge, 2018. 

“What Makes a Kingdom?: Plants, Poetry and Politics in Richard II.” In Athens, Arden, Jerusalem, eds. P.T. Wilford and K. Havard. Lexington Books, 2017.

Athens, Arden, Jerusalem: Essays in Honor of Mera Flaumenhaft, ed. Paul T. Wilford and Kate Havard (New York: Lexington Books, 2017).