Andrew Mills, Professor & Department Chair, Philosophy & Religion
Andrew Mills arrived at Otterbein in 1999 and since that time has taught a wide range of courses in Philosophy, Integrative Studies, Senior Year Experience, First Year Seminars, and Honors. His teaching interests are wide ranging–everything from logic to Socrates to Existentialism. He has a strong interest in the history of philosophy (especially the classical period in Greece and Rome and the early modern period in Europe), in environmental philosophy, and in the philosophy of happiness & well-being. He has taken Otterbein students to Italy and Austria, and enjoys helping students see how philosophy is relevant to their lives today. His current research focuses on better methods for teaching philosophy and how to better communicate to students the value both of philosophy and of a liberal arts education.
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
- M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
- A.B., Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1990
Research, Creative, & Professional Work
- Philosophical Pedagogy
- The value of the liberal arts
- The value of philosophy
- Environmental Philosophy
- Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
- Philosophy of Happiness
- Co-editor (with Steven M. Cahn and Alexandra Bradner) Philosophers in the Classroom. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 2018
- Co-editor (with J. Robert Loftis), American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy, Volume 2 (2016): Teaching Plato.
- “Keeping it Under Control” in Downton Abbey and Philosophy: Thinking in that Manor, edited by Adam Barkman and Robert Arp, Open Court Press, 2015, pp. 61-70.
- “Concepción’s Approach to Reading Philosophy: A Lesson on How, and Why, to Teach Essential Philosophical Skills” in Emily Esch, Kevin Hermberg, and Rory E. Kraft Jr., eds., Philosophy Through Teaching, American Association of Philosophy Teachers, 2014.
- “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.
- “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
- Past President, American Association of Philosophy Teachers
- Past President, Ohio Philosophical Association
- Editorial Board Member, Teaching Philosophy