Researchers

Roberto Merrill

Academic degree:
Doutoramento

Professional category:
Prof. Auxiliar

Research group(s):
Teoria Política
Ética Aplicada

E-mail: nrbmerrill@gmail.com

Phone: 916500897

Website(s):
https://sites.google.com/site/nrbmerrill/

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Institutional address:

Departamento de Filosofia
Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas
Universidade do Minho 
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga

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Roberto Merrill is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Minho, where he coordinates the Master of Political Philosophy. 
He also is a researcher at the Center for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS), where he directs the Research Project on Unconditional Basic Income. The project,  funded by FCT with € 196,029.25, gathered a team of researchers of international merit: https://ubiexperiments.weebly.com/). 
He is also president of the Portuguese Association for Unconditional Basic Income. 
He is Visiting Assistant Professor in the MSc in Public Policy at ISCTE and an Associate Researcher at CEVIPOF (Sciences Po-Paris). 
Dr. Merril research interests within political philosophy include liberal neutrality, paternalism and pluralism of values, as well as contemporary theories of distributive justice. 
He recently completed a book on unconditional basic income and is currently working on a manuscript on social justice and pre-distribution. 
He just published (with António Baptista) a volume on Democracy of Owners. His latest book on political theory (co-edited with Daniel Weinstock) was about Political Neutrality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Before this book, he edited two volumes on Republicanism (one of them in collaboration with Vincent Bourdeau) and one volume on libertarianism. 
Dr. Merril research interests within ethics include meta-ethics and normative ethics, as well as some questions of applied ethics, and the relationship between art and morality. In these fields he wrote an article on paternalism and distributive justice in clinical trials in oncology, and another one on  theories of justice applied to health, as well as a book (with João Cardoso Rosas) on the ethical evaluation of controversial technologies in citizens' conferences. His interests in aesthetic morality led him to publish a volume on art and ethics. He also edited in 2017 a volume of moral philosophy and applied ethics in honor of the moral philosopher Ruwen Ogien.
Research Interests: Democracy of owners, political neutrality, paternalism, pluralism, pre-distribution, basic income, republicanism, applied ethics .
Positions: Director of the Master in Political Philosophy.

Research interests:

Democracia de proprietários, neutralidade política, paternalismo, pluralismo, pré-distribuição, rendimento básico, republicanismo, ética aplicada..

Institutional positions:

Diretor do Mestrado em Filosofia Política

Projects

  • 2006 - 2008 (Membro)

    “Moral evaluation of technological controversies in citizens’ conferences”

    Member of the team “Moral evaluation of technological controversies in citizens’ conferences”, (PTDC/FIL/80642/2006) University of Minho, financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal.

Publications

Books

Proceedings books

  • Merril, Roberto; Gerner, Alexander (2014). Detour. Mateus DOC, Vol. 7.
  • Merril, Roberto; Pinto, Bruno (2014). Code. Mateus DOC, vol. 6.
  • Merril, Roberto; Pinto, Bruno (2014). Frontier. Mateus DOC, vol. 5.

Articles

  • Merril, Roberto (2019). Socialism, work and basic income. Symposium on William Edmundon’s John Rawls: Reticent Socialist. Ethical Perspectives, forthcoming.
  • Merril, Roberto; Marcelo, Gonçalo (2018). Como implementar e financiar um Rendimento Básico Incondicional? Reflexões para o Caso Português e Proposta de Um Projeto-piloto. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 74 (2-3), 585-626.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2018) Review of Alan Thomas– Republic of Equals. Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017. Revue Française de Science Politique, vol. 68 No 1.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2017). Democracia de proprietários, prédistribuição, e rendimento básico incondicional. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Vol. 73 (1), 303-316.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/46318

  • Merril, Roberto (2015). Liberal neutrality in Ronald Dworkin: the challenge model of ethics and neutrality of aims. Revista de direito Themis, XVI, n.°s 28/29, 49-69.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2015). Justice et paternalisme dans les essais précoces en cancérologie. Éthique et santé, Vol. 12, N. 3, 177-181.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/46821

  • Merril, Roberto, Baptista, António (2015). Property-Owning Democracy. Diacrítica, Vol. 28. N. 2.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/46818

  • Merril, Roberto (2014). Neutrality, redefining the work ethos and predistribution. On Simon Birnbaum, Basic Income Reconsidered: Social Justice, Liberalism, and the Demands of Equality (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Ethical Perspectives. Vol. 21, N2. ISSN: 1370-0049

    http://www.ethical-perspectives.be/viewpic.php?LAN=E&TABLE=EP&ID=1681

  • Merril, Roberto (2014). L’amour comme émotion morale? Partialité parentale et égalité des chances. Raison Publique, Vol.19, 177-196

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47733

  • Merril, Roberto (2013). Liberal ou paternalista? Review of Martim Avillez Figueiredo, Será que os surfistas devem ser subsidiados? (Alêtheia, 2013). Diacrítica, vol. 27, n. 2, 383-392.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47738

  • Merril, Roberto (2013). Art and Ethics. Ethical Perspectives, vol. 20, N. 3, 371-493.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47739

  • Merril, Roberto; Abranches, Alexandra (2012). The Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, Diacrítica, Vol. 25. N. 2, 9-156.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2012). Review of Axel Gosseries and Yannick Vanderborght, Arguing About Justice. Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2011). Revue Philosophique de Louvain.
  • Merril, Roberto (2011). Igualdade sem responsabilidade? Uma crítica de João Cardoso Rosas, Futuro indefinido: ensaios de filosofia política (2011). Diacrítica, vol. 27, n. 2, 325-333.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2011). Comment un État libéral peut-il être à la fois neutre et paternaliste ? Raisons politiques, Vol. 4 n° 44, 15-40.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47734

  • Merril, Roberto (2011). Du conservatisme en politique. Review of Christian Nadeau, Contre Harper. Bref traité philosophique sur la révolution conservatrice (Montréal, Éditions du Boréal, 2010), La Vie des idées, July 8.
  • Merril, Roberto; de Latour, Sophie Guérard (2011). Unis dans la diversité? Revue Philosophique de Louvain, Vol. 104, N. 9, 637-770.

    Por depositar

  • Merrill, Roberto (2010).  Égalité des chances, responsabilité individuelle et liberté comme non-domination. Diacrítica, vol 2 n° 24, 193-210.
  • Merril, Roberto (2010). Neo-republicanism. Diacrítica, Vol. 24, N. 2, pp. 7-210.
  • Merril, Roberto (2010). Responsabilidade individual e justiça social: igualdade de oportunidades ou de resultados? Finisterra, Revista de reflexão e crítica, 125-136. ISSN: 0871-7982

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47745

  • Merril, Roberto; Bourdeau, Vincent (2009). Left-Libertarianism. Diacrítica, Vol. 23. N. 2, 101-229.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47743

  • Merril, Roberto (2009). Les libertariens de gauche : de doux paternalistes? Diacrítica, Vol. 2, n° 23, 203-228.
  • Merril, Roberto (2008). L’éthicien dans la cité ou comment concilier le pluralisme libéral et la défense d’un modus vivendi. Diacrítica, Vol. 22, N.2, 119-124.
  • Merril, Roberto (2006). Profession: Éthicien. Diacrítica, Vol. 22, No. 2, 81-136.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2006). À propos de The Practice of Liberal Pluralism, de William Galston: un dialogue avec l’auteur. Les Ateliers de l’éthique, Vol.1, No. 1, 112-127.
  • Merril, Roberto (2006). Neutralité politique et désaccord raisonnable: Rawls et les difficultés du jugement. Diacrítica, Vol. 20, No. 2, 251-274.
  • Merril, Roberto (2005). Pluralisme et libéralisme : incompatibles ? Archives de philosophie du droit, Vol. 49, 151-164.
  • Merril, Roberto (2001). Espace politique et démocratie, Intelectu, No. 5.
  • Merril, Roberto (2001). Rationalité politique chez Habermas et Rancière” , Intelectu, No. 5.

Book chapters

  • Merril, Roberto; Magni-Berton, Raul (2019). Pay it Forward as a progressive form of Predistribution. in Roberto Merrill e Alan Thomas(eds.). Predistribution and Social Justice, forthcoming.
  • Merril, Roberto (2018) Prédistribution. In Patrick Savidan (éd.), Dictionnaire des inégalités et de la justice sociale, PUF.

    https://www.puf.com/content/Dictionnaire_des_in%C3%A9galit%C3%A9s_et_de_la_justice_sociale

  • Merril, Roberto (2017). El acceso a los comunes y la renta básica como formas complementares de justicia predistributiva. In J. Zalakain & B. Barragué (coords.) Repensar las políticas sociales: predistribución e inversión social. Madrid, Editorial Grupo 5, 229-236.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/46545

  • Merril, Roberto (2017). Ronald Dworkin et la neutralité de l’État. In Alain Policar (ed.). Ronald Dworkin, L’empire des valeurs, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 99-123. ISBN: 978-2-406-06838-9.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/46769

  • Merril, Roberto (2014). Neutralité de l’Etat. In Pascal Mbongo (Org.), Dictionnaire encyclopédique de l’État, ed. Berger-Levrault. ISBN : 978-2-7013-1862-2.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2013). Minorités illibérales, Droits de sortie et Neutralité de l’Etat : le pluralisme libéral entre tolérance et autonomie. In Sophie Guérard de Latour (dir.). Le multiculturalisme a-t-il un avenir?, éd. Hermman, Paris, 169-199. ISBN 9782705686659.

    http://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/47735

  • Merril, Roberto; Vincent Bourdeau (2008). Republicanismo. In João Cardoso Rosas (org.). Manual de filosofia política, Edições Almedina.
  • Merril, Roberto (2007). Neutralité politique. In V. Bourdeau & R. Merrill (eds.). DicoPo, Dictionnaire de théorie politique.

Proceedings papers

  • Merril, Roberto (2014). Quatro teorias da justiça aplicadas à saúde. Mateus DOC, vol. 6,  58-67.

    Por depositar

  • Merril, Roberto (2013). Sustentabilidade e intervenção não espécista na natureza”, Mateus DOC, vol. 3, 85-96.

Other publications

  • Other publications (in newspapers in Portugal)
    
    2018: (with Catarina Neves) “Rendimento básico: livre de obrigações ou participativo?”, O Observador (27.01.2018)
    2017: (with Gonçalo Marcelo) “O RBI pode salvar o Estado Social”, O Observador (5.11.2017)
    2017: “O RBI e o futuro do Estado Social”, Correio do Minho (5.11.2017)
    2017: Interview for the Jornal online Nós da Universidade do Minho
    2017: (with Sara Bizarro) “Quem dá e volta a tirar ao inferno vai parar? Uma rendimento básico para todos (resposta a Francisco Louçã)”, Público (04.04.2017)
    2017: (With Sara Bizarro) “RBI e Estado Social (uma resposta a Francisco Louçã)”, Público (21.02.2017).
    2017: Interview for the journal Expresso, 14 Janeiro.
  • 2017: (With Sara Bizarro and Gonçalo Marcelo) “Rendimento Básico Incondicional. Mais liberdade e menos exploração (uma resposta a Daniel Oliveira)”, Observador, Janeiro.
    2016: Interview for Forbes-Portugal, Abril.
    2016: Interview for the journal Público, Fev.
    2015: Interview for the journal Eco123, April.
    2015: “Falta de ideias”, Diário Económico, Janeiro.
    2014: “Populismo”, Diário Económico, Novembro.
    2014: “Anormalidade”, Diário Económico, Outubro.
    2014: (com André Barata) “Pré-distribuição: uma nova agenda política para a esquerda”, Monde diplomatique, ed. Portuguesa, Outubro.
    2014: “Pré-distribuição”, Diário Económico, Setembro.
    2014: “O Rendimento Básico Incondicional como um incentivo à preguiça? Da exploração à pré-distribuição”, Rubra, Sept.
    2014: “O Rendimento Básico Incondicional como um novo direito humano? Da exploração à pré-distribuição”, Esquerda Net, Sept.
  • 2014: “Mercadutopia”, Diário Económico, Aug. 
    2014: (with Andreia Saavedra) “A propósito da floresta. O trabalho socialmente necessário dignifica? ”, CAIS, July.
    2014: “Sustentabilidade e intervenção não especista na natureza”, CAIS, April.
    2014: “Teorias da justiça aplicadas à saúde”, revista CAIS, March.
    2014: “Epigenética e justiça na saúde”, revista CAIS, Jan.
    2013: Resposta a Raquel Varela: “Rendimento Básico Incondicional e pleno emprego. Objetivos complementares?”, Dinheiro Vivo, Nov.
    2013: Interview: “Rendimento Básico Incondicional elimina a armadilha da pobreza” , Dinheiro Vivo, Nov.
    2013: “Pré-distribuição: uma nova agenda política para a social-democracia?”, revista CAIS, Nov.
  • 2013: “Será o amor uma emoção moral? Parcialidade parental e igualdade de oportunidade”, revista CAIS, Aug.
    2013: “Rendimento Básico incondicional: um incentivo à preguiça?”, revista CAIS, July.
    2013: “Rendimento básico: incondicional ?”, Monde Diplomatique, ed. Portuguesa. April.
    2010: “A Liberdade de Ofender e o Imoralismo Estético: Dois Argumentos a Favor da Liberdade de Expressão Artística”, catálogo da exposição “Às artes, cidadãos!” , Museu Serralves.
    2010: “O acolhimento familiar para pessoas idosas e a ética do cuidado”, revista CAIS.

Orientação de teses

Post-doctoral

  • 2017 - (...) | Orientador

    David Jenkins

    Rescuing Politics From Realism

    FCT PostDoc Fellowship

PhD

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Mathilde Duclos

    The Politics of Solidarity: thinking the future of social protection through the lens of care, universal income and property-owning democracy

    CEVIPOF, Sciences Po Paris.

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Bruno Oliveira

    Unconditional Basic Income: the impacts on the activation paths and the production of well-being of citizens

    ISCTE, University of Lisbon

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Catarina Neves

    Distributive Justice, Reciprocity And The Impact Of Unconditional Basic Income In The Labor Market

    University of Oxford

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Ivan Recio

    Living without work : a reading of André Gorz in the context of the emergence and development of the question of the end of work in France since the 1980s,

    Université Paris-Est Créteil

  • 2017 - (...) | Orientador

    Hugo Rajão

    Distribution of what and under what principles? - A study on the relations between a Capabilities-based approach and the defense of an Unconditional Basic Income,

    FCT Doctoral Grant

  • 2016 - (...) | Orientador

    Jorge Pinto

    Basic income as an alterglobalisation tool: the path from theory to the implementation of a pilot project in Portugal

    University of Tampere

Master

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    João Lemos

    Basic income and populism

    ISCTE, University of Lisbon

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Frederico Amoreira

    Financial Credits for Students in Higher Education

    ISCTE, University of Lisbon.

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Jorge Félix Cardoso

    A Critical View of the Right to Health.UBI as a tool to address the social determinants of health

    Master in Political Philosophy, University of Minho.

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    João Sampaio

    Technological unemployment and unconditional basic income

    Master in Political Philosophy, University of Minho.

  • 2018 - (...) | Orientador

    Maria Pereira

    Property-owning democracy, basic income and socialism

    Master in Political Philosophy, University of Minho.

  • 2015 - (...) | Orientador

    Marco Loureiro

    Ideal theory in a non-ideal world

    Master in Political Philosophy, University of Minho.

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