Researcher

Dr Melissa Merritt

My Expertise

Immanuel Kant (ethics, aesthetics, epistemology and metaphysics)

Ethics and Moral Psychology

History of Philosophy (esp. early modern European, and ancient Greek and Hellenistic) 

 

 

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Melissa Merritt works primarily on Kant and contemporary ethics.  Her book, Kant on Reflection and Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examines how the Kantian idea of virtue is rooted in an account of the essentially reflective nature of the rational mind.  Her next project aims to get to grips with the Stoic influences on Kant, particularly in ethics and moral psychology -- and from this historical foundation to reassess the...view more

Melissa Merritt works primarily on Kant and contemporary ethics.  Her book, Kant on Reflection and Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examines how the Kantian idea of virtue is rooted in an account of the essentially reflective nature of the rational mind.  Her next project aims to get to grips with the Stoic influences on Kant, particularly in ethics and moral psychology -- and from this historical foundation to reassess the possibilities of moral rationalism in contemporary ethics.  

Merritt is currently Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Humanities and Languages, and Book Reviews Editor for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.  She received a grant from the Australian Research Council for a Discovery Project, Enlightened Judgment: Reflection and Cognitive Virtue in Kant's Critical Philosophy (DP130100172, 2013-2016), and is an ARC Future Fellow working on a project called Reason, Value, and Virtue: Assessing the Stoic Legacy in Kantian Ethics (FT180100494, 2018-2022).   

 


My Grants

Australian Research Council (ARC), Future Fellowship: "Reason, Value, and Virtue: Assessing the Stoic Legacy in Kantian Ethics" (FT180100494,  AU$850,525), 2018-2022.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Discovery Project, Chief Investigator: "Enlightened Judgment: Reflection and Cognitive Virtue in Kant’s Critical Philosophy" (DP130100172, AU$135,000), 2013-2015.


My Qualifications

B.A. Yale University; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

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