Melissa Merritt

Senior Lecturer
Future Fellow (ARC)

Melissa Merritt is a philosopher working primarily on the history of 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 research examines the Stoic influences on Kant, particularly in ethics and moral psychology -- and from this historical foundation aims to reassess the possibilities of moral rationalism in contemporary ethics.  

Merritt is currently an ARC Future Fellow working on a project called Reason, Value, and Virtue: Assessing the Stoic Legacy in Kantian Ethics (FT180100494, 2018-2022), and Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. 

 

 

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Merritt M, 2018, Kant on Reflection and Virtue, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
2018
Merritt M, 2018, The Sublime, Elements in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK,
2018
Book Chapters
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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,
2017
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,
2014
Melissa MM, 2012, '"Kant and Kantian Epistemology"', in Hetherington S (ed.), Epistemology: The Key Thinkers, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 131 - 152
2012
Merritt MM, 2012, '"The Moral Source of the Kantian Sublime"', in Costelloe T (ed.), The Sublime: From Antiquity to the Present, Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 37 - 49,
2012
Melissa MM; Valaris M, 2012, 'Kant and Kantian Epistemology', in Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Epistemology: The Key Thinkers, edn. 1st, Continuum, London, pp. 131 - 152
2012
Journal articles
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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,
2017
Merritt MM, 2017, 'Practical Reason and Respect for Persons', Kantian Review, vol. 22, pp. 53 - 79,
2017
Merritt MM; Valaris M, 2017, 'Attention and Synthesis in Kant's Conception of Experience', The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 67, pp. 571 - 592,
2017
Merritt MM B, 2017, 'Love, Respect, and Individuals: Murdoch as a Guide to Kantian Ethics', European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 25, pp. 1844 - 1863,
2017
Merritt MM B, 2015, 'Varieties of Reflection in Kant's Logic', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 23, pp. 478 - 501,
2015
Merritt MM B, 2011, 'Kant's Argument for the Apperception Principle', European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 19, pp. 59 - 84,
2011
Merritt MM B, 2011, '"Kant on Enlightened Moral Pedagogy"', Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 49, pp. 227 - 253,
2011
Melissa MM, 2011, 'Book Review: Will Dudley and Kristina Engelhard (eds.), Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts', Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,
2011
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
2010
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
2010
Merritt MM, 2010, 'The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom', BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, vol. 18, pp. 528 - 531,
2010
Merritt MM B, 2009, 'Reflection, enlightenment, and the significance of spontaneity in Kant', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 17, pp. 981 - 1010,
2009
Melissa MM, 2007, 'Analysis in the Critique of Pure Reason', Kantian Review, vol. 12, pp. 61 - 89,
2007
Melissa MM, 2006, 'Analysis in the Critique of Pure Reason', Kantian Review, vol. 12, pp. 60 - 88
2006
Melissa MM, 2006, 'Science and the Synthetic Method of the Critique of Pure Reason', Review of Metaphysics, vol. 59, pp. 517 - 539
2006
Other
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Merritt MM B, 2017, Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, by Jonathan Lear: Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017, pp. 328, US$39.95 (hardback).,
2017
Merritt MM, 2017, Review of Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and His Realism, by Lucy Allais, Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles,
2017