Allison Merrick

Allison Merrick
Office: Stabler Hall, Room 307G
Phone: 501-683-7174

Allison Merrick joined the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Fall 2011 after completing her Ph.D. at The University of Southampton, England. She specializes in 19th-century philosophy with a particular emphasis on Nietzsche and his critique of morality as relayed through his genealogical methodology. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Nietzsche on History” that argues that the use of history is essential to his critique of morality and further defends the claim that moral philosophy is historical in character. The claim here is not simply that we need to know the history of moral philosophy. Rather, her argument suggests that our values, and ways of thinking about our values, are themselves the result of complex historical processes, which Nietzsche’s genealogical, or historical, narratives seek to make transparent and to critique. Beyond her work on Nietzsche, she also has broad interests in biomedical ethics and teaches in the Medical Humanities Division at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

She coaches the UALR Ethics Bowl team and is an organizer of the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

“History in the Service of Life: Nietzsche’s Genealogy” in The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy, eds. S. Campbell and P. Bruno (London: Continuum, 2013).

“Towards a Future Pregnant with Becoming: Or Deleuze, Nietzsche and the Eternal Return” in Movements in Time: Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change, eds. C. Lawrence and N. Churn, (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), 53-64.

Journal Articles

“On the Role of History in Nietzsche’s Genealogy” in Southwest Philosophy Review (2014), Vol. 30 (2), forthcoming.

Book Reviews

John Mandalios, Nietzsche and the Necessity of Freedom, in Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (1): 2013.

Krzysztof Micahski, The Flame of Eternity: an Interpretation of Nietzsche’s Thought, translated by Benjamin Paloff, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 23.12.12.

Julian Young, The Death of God and the Meaning of Life, in Essays in Philosophy (2007), Vol. 8 no. 1.