I am a philosopher working mostly on the history of ethics.  Currently, I am working on a long-term project on Stoic ethics, examining its significance for Kant and contemporary ethics.    

My previous work on Kant examines a range of topics: his ethics and moral psychology; his contributions to the logical humanist tradition; his aesthetics and theory of the sublime; his philosophical methodology; and his understanding of the essentially reflective nature of the rational mind. 







PhD, University of Pittsburgh


BA, Yale University 


University of New South Wales

School of Humanities and Languages

Sydney NSW 2052


email: m [dot] merritt [at] unsw [dot] edu [dot] au

 © 2019 by Melissa Merritt

The image of Minerva is from the frontispiece of Leonhard Cochius's 1769 essay Untersuchung über die Neigungen, which won the essay prize from the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin.  The phrase SAPERE AUDE ("dare to be wise") comes from Horace (Epistles I.ii.40), and was already the de facto motto of the German Enlightenment long before Kant officially christened it such in his famous 1783 essay "What is Enlightenment?".  

Melissa McBay Merritt

Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

Australian Research Council Future Fellow