Assistant Professor of the Practice
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.
The Ethics of Hospitality. Co-authored with Richard Kearney. Fordham University Press (forthcoming 2020).
“Race, Pre-College Philosophy, and the Pursuit of a Critical Race Pedagogy for Higher Education.” Co-authored with Dr. Amy Reed-Sandoval. Ethics and Education, Volume 13, Issue 1: Critical Philosophy of Race and Education. (January 2018)
"A Nietzschean Ethics of Care?” misReading Nietzsche. Eds. M. Saverio Clemente, Bryan J. Cocchiara, Pickwick Publications (2018).
“What Do We Owe the Widow, the Orphan, the Stranger...and the Non-Human?” International Association for Environmental Philosophy 21st Annual Meeting with the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel (October 19-23, 2017)
Commentator to the “Pre-College Philosophy” panel, Postglobalization, Decolonization and Transmodernity, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (September 25, 2017)
Review of Brian Treanor’s Emplotting Virtue: A Narrative Approach to Environmental Ethics (2014). Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Vol. 8 No. 1: 131-138 (March 2016).
“The Recollection of Anxiety: Kierkegaard as our Socratic Occasion to Transcend Unfreedom.” Heythrop Journal 55 (5): 871-882 (September 2014).