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Andrew Mills , Ph.D.

Andrew Mills

Professor , Philosophy
Department of
Religion and Philosophy

p/ 614.823.1368
e/ amills@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 322


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 1997
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., 1992
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1990

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Philosophical Pedagogy
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics


  • “Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging” in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles, edited by Gregory Bassham, Basil Blackwell Press, 2010, pp. 97-112
  • “Knowledge of Language”, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.iep.utm.edu/.
  • “Leopold and Loeb and an Interdisciplinary Introduction to Philosophy” Teaching Philosophy, (28), March 2005
  • “What’s So Good About A College Education?” in Glenna S. Jackson and Andrew P. Mills, eds., The Integrative Studies Reader McGraw-Hill Press, 2002.
  • “Deflationism and the Disquotational Schema: Letting the Air Out of Wright’s Argument against Minimal Truth”, Philosophical Papers, (29), April, 2000
  • “Unsettled Problems with Vague Truth”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy (25), March 1995

Affiliations & Awards

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Ohio Philosophical Association (Vice President)
  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers (Board Member)

Personal Biography

Philosophy is a discipline that grabs people. Few of us set out to be philosophers: the questions, the ideas, and the issues just hook us, and we're helpless to resist. I consider myself incredibly lucky that I get to do what I love--think about philosophy--and to do it at Otterbein.

What sparked your interest in your field?
The questions in a philosophy class I took in college grabbed me. I was particularly interested in questions of personal identity (what makes me the same person today as I was 10 years ago?) and language (how can marks on a page carry messages & be meaningful?)

If a student only learned one thing from you, what do you hope that would be?
That there are few things more valuable than a broad-based liberal arts education. It prepares one for a rich and rewarding life, it makes one a better citizen, opens job opportunities, and makes life incredibly interesting.

If not an educator, what would be your dream job?
Urban planner, or advocate for local food.

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