UCL Philosophy


Merrick Anderson awarded British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

25 June 2021

We are delighted to announce that Dr Merrick Anderson has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin in October 2021

Dr Merrick Anderson, who has been a Keeling Research Fellow at the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy since 2019 has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his research at UCL in the Department of Philosophy and the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy. The project "Just Prospering? An Ancient Debate about the Value of Justice" will investigate the evolution of philosophical approaches to the important concept of justice (dikê/dikaiosunê) in ancient Greece from the middle of the 5th-century to the first third of the 4th-century, when Plato flourished. This research will contribute to a growing scholarly appreciation of the moral ideas prominent in the generations preceding the first great western philosophers; as well as providing new insight into Plato’s own philosophy by demonstrating that he was influenced by the 5th-century sophists.

Dr. Fiona Leigh, Director of the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy "Together with everyone in the Philosophy Department, and at the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy, I am delighted by Dr. Merrick Anderson’s success in being awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, from October 2021, and extend warm congratulations to him. Over the tenure of his British Academy Fellowship, Dr. Anderson, who is currently Keeling Research Fellow, will work on a book project on the origins and development of the concept of justice in philosophical and sophistic ancient thought, and continue to be an inspiring lecturer and active member of the ancient philosophical and wider philosophical community at UCL and in London."