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Melissa Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Business Law and Society


Professor Melissa Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College just prior to joining the Portico team in 2019. Her research focuses on the intersection between post-Kantian Continental philosophy and contemporary virtue ethics; in her dissertation, she argues for the significance of ‘self-disruption’ in ethical development, especially as incited through conversation—relying on the work of Levinas, but also engaging key moments within the history of ethics. She ends by pointing toward the pedagogical implications of an ‘ethics of disruption’, exploring its application in education.

Melissa has also done integrated teaching, research, and community outreach in pre-college philosophy in the Mississippi Delta and on the Mexican-American border in El Paso, Texas. Prior to teaching for Portico, she taught Critical Thinking (Loyola Marymount University), Philosophy of the Person I & II (Boston College), Humanity’s Place in Nature (Boston College), and Philosophy of Religion (Boston College). Melissa is especially interested in the 20th-century movement to revitalize philosophy as a pertinent, lived practice, so as to make accessible the value of living an examined life in any and every vocation.