Eugene Mills, Ph.D.



Gene Mills is Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He came to VCU in 1991, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published on a variety of topics, including personal identity, mental causation, justification, and the liar paradox.

Curriculum Vitae


Office: 202 Starke House


“Vagueness and the Standard Meter,” forthcoming in New Essays on the Sorites Paradox, ed. Otávio Bueno and Ali Abasnezhad (Springer, Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science series).

“Baker on Human Personhood,” Journal of Philosophical Research (2015), DOI: 10.5840/jpr2015111252. Forthcoming in print.

“Mellor on the Sparseness of Natural Properties,” Ratio 27 (2014), 350-55.

"Early Abortion and Personal Ontology," Acta Analytica 28 (2013), 19-30.

"Lotteries, Quasi-Lotteries, and Scepticism," Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (2011), 335-352.

"Are Analytic Philosophers Shallow and Stupid?" Journal of Philosophy 105 (2008), 301-19.

"Scheming and Lying: Truth-Schemas, Propositions, and the Liar," in Unity, Truth and the Liar: The Modern Relevance of Medieval Solutions to the Liar Paradox, ed. Emmanuel Genot, Dov Gabbay, and Tero Tulenheimo, Kluwer (2008), 113-28.

"The Egg and I: Conception, Identity, and Abortion," The Philosophical Review 117 (2008), 323-48.

"The Sweet Mystery of Compatibilism," Acta Analytica 24 (2006), 50-61.

"Williamson on Vagueness and Context-Dependence," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (2004), 635-41.

"Scheffler on Rawls, Justice, and Desert," Law and Philosophy 23 (2004), 261-72.

"Competence and Contradictory Commitments," Philosophical Books 45 (2004), 1-11.

"An Epistemic Reductio of Causal Reductionism," Topoi 22 (2003), 151-61.

"Audi on Rationality and Justification," Philosophical Books 44 (2003), 12-20.

"Fallibility and the Phenomenal Sorites," Noûs 36 (2002), 384-407.

"Introducing Personal Identity," Teaching Philosophy 24 (2001), 19-27.

"A Simple Solution to the Liar," Philosophical Studies 89 (1998), 197-212.

"The Unity of Justification," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (1998), 27-50.

"A Fripkean Theory of Names," Acta analytica 19 (1997), 57-70.

"Devitt on the Nature of Belief," in The Maribor Papers in Naturalized Semantics, ed. Dunja Jutronic (1997: Pedagoska fakulteta Maribor), 310-7.

"Interactionism and Physicality," Ratio 10 (1997), 169-83.

"Term Limits and the Prisoners' Dilemma," Public Affairs Quarterly 10 (1996), 143-52.

"Interactionism and Overdetermination," American Philosophical Quarterly 33 (1996), 105-17.

"Giving Up on the Hard Problem of Consciousness," Journal of Consciousness Studies 3 (1996), 26-32.

"Dividing without Reducing: Bodily Fission and Personal Identity," Mind 102 (1993), 37-51.

"Forbes's Branching Conception of Possible Worlds," Analysis 51 (1991), 48-50.


Review of David Owens, Reason without Freedom: The Problem of Epistemic Normativity. Mind 111 (2002), 462-5.

Review of Jonathan Kvanvig, The Intellectual Virtues and the Life of the Mind: On the Place of the Virtues in Contemporary Epistemology. Mind 102 (1993), 661-665.

Editorial project

Guest editor of Topoi 22 (2003), on "Causal Criteria of Reality." Includes introductory essay.


"Giving Up on the Hard Problem of Consciousness," in Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem, ed. Jonathan Shear (1997: MIT Press).

“The Egg and I: Conception, Identity, and Abortion,” in Questions of Life and Death: Readings in Practical Ethics, ed. Christopher Morris (2011), Oxford University Press.

―――, in Contemporary Moral Problems, 10th ed., ed. James E. White (2011), Cengage.