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 current 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).



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