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 influence on Kant and contemporary ethical thought.
My previous work on Kant takes up various areas of his thought: 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.
I've become more and more interested, over the years, in Kant's concrete philosophical milieu — and above all the significance of the great Moses Mendelssohn for his philosophical development. The study of the Stoic influence on Kant naturally needs to take account of the neo-Stoic elements of Mendelssohn's thought, and of early modern German rationalism generally — and of the ways in which Kant and his contemporaries tussled over what what to preserve and develop from Stoic thought for modern times.
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