Dr Melissa M. Merritt

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

Contact

52764
Room 341, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
On leave starting 1 July 2017 and returning 15 January 2018
Fields: Aesthetics, History of Philosophy, Philosophy, Ethical Theory
Tags: Expanding Knowledge

Research

Melissa Merritt works primarily on Kant and contemporary ethics.  Her book, Kant on Reflection and Virtue (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018), examines how the 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 moral psychology -- and from this historical foundation to reassess the possibilities of moral rationalism for 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). 

 

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • 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, 2012, '"Kant and Kantian Epistemology"', in Hetherington S (ed.), Epistemology: The Key Thinkers, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 131 - 152

    Journal articles

    • Merritt MM B, 2017, 'Motherhood in Ferrante's the lost daughter: A Case study of Irony as extraordinary reflection', Philosophy and Literature, vol. 41, pp. 185 - 200
    • Merritt MM, 2017, 'Practical reason and respect for persons', Kantian Review, vol. 22, pp. 53 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1369415416000376
    • Merritt MM;Valaris M, 2017, 'Attention and Synthesis in Kant's Conception of Experience', The Philosophical Quarterly, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqw085
    • Merritt MM, 2015, 'Varieties of reflection in Kant's logic', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 23, pp. 478 - 501, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2015.1018129
    • Merritt MM, 2011, 'Kant's argument for the apperception principle', European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 19, pp. 59 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0378.2009.00364.x
    • Merritt MM, 2011, 'Kant on enlightened moral pedagogy', Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 49, pp. 227 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-6962.2011.00072.x
    • Melissa MM, 2011, 'Book Review: Will Dudley and Kristina Engelhard (eds.), Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts', Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/27135-immanuel-kant-key-concepts/
    • Merritt MM, 2010, 'The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 528 - 531, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09608781003779883
    • McBay Merritt M, 2010, 'Kant on the transcendental deduction of space and time: An essay on the philosophical resources of the transcendental aesthetic', Kantian Review, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 37
    • Melissa MM, 2010, 'Book Review: Robert R. Clewis, The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 529 - 532
    • Merritt MM, 2009, 'Reflection, enlightenment, and the significance of spontaneity in Kant', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 17, pp. 981 - 1010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09608780903339178
    • Melissa MM, 2007, 'Analysis in the Critique of Pure Reason', Kantian Review, vol. 12, pp. 61 - 89, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwp/kant/2007/00000012/00000001/art00004
    • Melissa MM, 2006, 'Analysis in the Critique of Pure Reason', Kantian Review, vol. 12, pp. 60 - 88
    • Melissa MM, 2006, 'Science and the Synthetic Method of the Critique of Pure Reason', Review of Metaphysics, vol. 59, pp. 517 - 539

    Other

Related links

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

Other information

Book Reviews Editor, Australasian Journal of Philospohy