Chris Melenovsky
Assistant Professor
Philosophy Department
Utica College

My core research is on the moral significance of social practices. I am concerned with how practices should affect our daily decisions and how we should evaluate the basic practices that structure society. Most often, the first part of my research is categorized as moral theory and the second as political theory, but I argue that the relevant issues are not as separable as this categorization suggests.

My most recent work focuses on the justification of conventional obligations and the distinction between evaluating institutions and individual choice. In the long-term, I am concerned with reconciling Kantian moral ideals with the importance of contingency in social life.

Shenandoah National Park, 2012