Dr Melissa M. Merritt

Senior Lecturer
B.A. Yale University; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
School of Humanities & Languages


Room 341, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Aesthetics, History of Philosophy, Philosophy, Ethical Theory
Tags: Expanding Knowledge


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.  Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (DP130100172: Enlightened Judgment: Reflection and Cognitive Virtue in Kant's Critical Philosophy). 




    • Merritt M, 2018, Kant on Reflection and Virtue, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

    Book Chapters

    • Merritt M, 2017, '“Sublimity and Joy: Kant on the Aesthetic Constitution of Virtue”', in Altman MC (ed.), The Palgrave Kant Handbook, edn. Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism, Palgrave, London, pp. 447 - 467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54656-2
    • Merritt MM, 2015, 'The moral source of the kantian sublime', in The Sublime: From Antiquity to the Present, pp. 37 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511978920.005
    • Merritt M, 2014, '"Kant on the Pleasures of Understanding"', in Kant on Emotion and Value, edn. Philosophers in Depth, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK, pp. 126 - 145, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?sf1=id_product&st1=632938
    • Melissa MM;Valaris M, 2012, 'Kant and Kantian Epistemology', in Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Epistemology: The Key Thinkers, edn. 1st, Continuum, London, pp. 131 - 152

    Journal articles


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Melissa Merritt on academia.edu contains links to some of the above papers.

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Book Reviews Editor, Australasian Journal of Philospohy