Chris Melenovsky, PhD
Assistant Professor, PhilosophySend a Message
On leave, Spring 2023
Director, Politics, Philosophy, & Economics
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, University of Michigan
Professor Melenovsky’s research is on the moral significance of social practices and institutions. This work extends from highly structured practices like legal systems and property norms to less formal practices in family life and professions. He draws from political philosophy to evaluate these practices and from moral theory to determine how these practices affect how individuals should act. He is currently working on a book project titled “Kantian Conventionalism” that tries to reconcile the moral importance of social contingency with Kantian moral ideals. The first part argues for an analysis of social practices and institutions while the second applies Kantian moral principles to guide individual choice within these practices.
Philosophy of Economics
History of Ethics
History of Political Economy
Assistant Professor: Utica College, Philosophy Department
Research Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PPE Program
“The Implicit Argument for the Basic Liberties” Res Publica 24 (4): 433-454.
“Promises, Practices, and Reciprocity” Philosophical Quarterly 67 (266): 106-126.
“Incentives, Conventionalism, and Constructivism” Ethics 126 (3): 549-574.
“The Basic Structure as a System of Social Practices” Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 39, No. 4