Reason, Value and Virtue: Assessing the Stoic Legacy in Kantian Ethics

The project aims to show how key ethical ideas from the enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant, such as human dignity, autonomy and goodwill, have deeper roots in ancient Stoic ethics. 

Our research will produce the first comprehensive study of the influence of Stoicism on the development of Kant’s moral philosophy. The conceptual resources uncovered will advance philosophical debates about human motivation, moral value, and the cultivation of good character. 

Other anticipated benefits include the enriched understanding of contemporary ethical values, and new ways of appreciating the therapeutic power of Stoicism as a moral practice. 

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Future Fellowship (FT180100494)


Dr Melissa Merritt

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