Merrick Anderson

Graduate Prize Fellow

Merrick Anderson is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. Merrick is a member of the interdepartmental program in Classical Philosophy and works primarily on the 4th Century philosopher Plato and the moral thinkers of the previous century. His dissertation starts by explicating an early Greek debate about the merits and demerits of acting justly – or as we would say, acting morally. He goes on to link much of Plato’s work to this earlier debate, including Plato’s new and philosophically rich argument in The Republic, namely that justice is a feature of one’s internal psychological make-up and not merely one’s actions. The rest of his dissertation tries to better understand this feature of Plato’s view in light of the historical debate he was situated in. He is also interested in contemporary politics and ethics, and particularly the relationship between self-interest and the demands of ethics or morality. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto.