Dr Melissa Merritt

Senior Lecturer

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

School of Humanities & Languages


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. 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).



    • Merritt M, 2018, The Sublime, Elements in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108529709
    • 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, 2012, '"Kant and Kantian Epistemology"', in Hetherington S (ed.), Epistemology: The Key Thinkers, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 131 - 152

    Journal articles



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.

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Book Reviews Editor,Australasian Journal of Philospohy