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Dr. Dale E. Miller

Areas of Specialization
Ethical Theory (esp. Consequentialism), Social and Political Philosophy, J. S. Mill

Areas of Competence
Applied Ethics (esp. Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics), Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Work

Academic Positions
 Since 2011    Professor of Philosophy, Old Dominion University
 Spring 2014    John Stuart Mill Visiting Chair in Social Philosophy, Universität Hamburg
 2005–11    Associate Professor of Philosophy, Old Dominion University
 1999–2005    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Old Dominion University
 1998–9    Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Florida
 1997–8    Visiting Instructor of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Minnesota Duluth
 1996–7    Visiting Graduate Teaching Scholar, University of Reading

Administrative Positions
Since 2017    Associate Dean For Research and Graduate Studies, ODU College of Arts and Letters
 2015–17    Provost’s Fellow for Faculty Development
 2007–13    Chair, ODU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
 Since 2001    Co-Director, ODU Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

Editorial Positions
 Since 2016   Editor-in-Chief, Utilitas, Cambridge University Press (Associate Editor, 2010–6; Book Review Editor, 1999–2005)

Education
 1999    Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (David Gauthier and Kurt Baier, Directors)
 1996-7    Visiting Graduate Student, Philosophy, University of Reading
 1993    M.A., Economics, University of Pittsburgh 
 1992    M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
 1989    B.A. with Honors, Philosophy and Political Science, Wichita State University


Awards, Grants, Honors, and Fellowships
  • Charles O. and Elizabeth C. Burgess Faculty Research and Creativity Award, Old Dominion
  • University College of Arts and Letters, 2017
  • Outstanding Service to the College Award, Old Dominion University College of Arts and
  • Letters, 2017
  • Senior Scholar, Old Dominion University College of Arts and Letters , Fall 2015
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Old Dominion University Research Office, 2015, 2000
  • Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, Old Dominion University College of Arts and Letters, 2011
  • Residential Fellowship, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, St. Andrews University (St. Andrews, Scotland), January–March 2007
  • Visiting Scholar Grant, Kokugakuin University (Tokyo, Japan), May 2001
  • Economics and Philosophy Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Economics Department, 1992-1993
Publications

Sole-Authored Book
  • J. S. Mill: Moral, Social and Political Thought. Polity Press, 2010.
Edited Collections
  • Moral Theory and Climate Change: Ethical Perspectives on a Warming Planet, edited with Ben Eggleston, under contract with Routledge (publication anticipated 2020).
  • A Companion to Mill, edited with Christopher Macleod, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism, edited with Ben Eggleston, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, edited with Ben Eggleston and David Weinstein, Oxford University Press, 2011. 
  • Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader, edited with Brad Hooker and Elinor Mason, Edinburgh University Press, 2000 (published in North America by Rowman and Littlefield).
Book Chapters and Journal Articles
  • “Mill's Act-Utilitarian Interpreters on Utilitarianism Chapter V Paragraph 14,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47:5, pp. 674–93. 
  • “Reluctant Florists, Same-Sex Weddings, and Mill's Doctrine of Liberty," Public Affairs Quarterly 30:4 (2016), pp. 287–311.
  • “Mill on the Family,” A Companion to Mill, pp. 472–87.
  • “The Place of Plural Voting in Mill’s Conception of Representative Government,” Review of Politics 77:3 (2015), pp. 399–423. 
  • “Mill’s Conception of Pleasure: Meeting West in the Middle,” Southwest Philosophy Review 31:1 (2015), pp. 157–66.
  • “‘Freedom and Resentment’ and Consequentialism: Why ‘Strawson’s Point’ Is Not Strawson's Point,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 8:2 (2014), pp. 1–22.
  • “John Stuart Mill’s Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy,” Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century, ed. William Mander (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 365–82.
  • “Rule Utilitarianism,” The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism, pp. 146–65.
  • “Introduction,” with Ben Eggleston, The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism, pp. 1–15.
  • “Reactive Attitudes and the Hare-Williams Debate: Towards a New Consequentialist Moral Psychology,” The Philosophical Quarterly 64:254 (2014), pp. 39–59.
  • “Hooker on Rule Consequentialism and Virtue,” Utilitas 25:3 (2013),pp. 421–32.
  • “Consequentialism and Utilitarianism,” Routledge Companion to Political and Social Philosophy, eds. Gerald Gaus and Fred D’Augustino (Routledge, 2012), pp. 329–41.
  • “Mill’s Division of Morality,” Mill On Justice, ed. Leonard Kahn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 70–89.
  • “Mill, Rule Utilitarianism, and the Incoherence Objection,” John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, pp. 94–116.
  • “Introduction,” with Ben Eggleston and David Weinstein, John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, pp. 3–18.
  • “Brown on Mill's Moral Theory: A Critical Response,” Politics, Philosophy and Economics 9:1 (2010), pp. 47–66.
  • “Mill’s Misleading Moral Mathematics,” with Ben Eggleston, Southwest Philosophy Review 24:1 (2008), pp. 153–61.
  • “India House Utilitarianism: A First Look,” with Ben Eggleston, Southwest Philosophy Review 23:1 (2007), pp. 39–47.
  • “Mill’s Theory of Sanctions,” Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism, ed. Henry West. (Blackwell, 2006), pp. 159–73. 
  • “Moral Expertise: A Millian Perspective,” Ethics Expertise: History, Contemporary Perspectives, and Applications, ed. Lisa M. Rasmussen (Springer, 2005), pp. 73–87.
  • “Reparations for Emancipation: Mill’s Vindication of the Rights of Slave Owners,.” Southern Journal of Philosophy XLIII:2 (2005), pp. 245–65.
  • “Terminating Employees for Their Political Speech,” Business and Society Review 109:2 (2004), pp. 225-43.
  • “Sympathy Versus Spontaneity: A Tension in Mill’s Conception of Human Perfection,” The International Journal of Politics and Ethics 3:2 (2003), pp. 173–88.
  • “Mill’s ‘Socialism,’” Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2:2 (2003), pp. 213–38. 
  • “Actual-Consequence Act Utilitarianism and the Best Possible Humans,” Ratio XVI:1 (2003), pp. 49–62.
  • “Campaign Ethics: Self-Interest or Civic Responsibility?,” with Stephen K. Medvic, Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics, eds. Candice J. Nelson, Stephen K. Medvic and David A. Dulio (Brookings Institute, 2002), pp. 18–38. 
  • “Atomists, Liberals, and Civic Republicans: Taylor on the Ontology of Citizenship,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79:4 (2001), pp. 465–78.
  • “Hooker’s Use and Abuse of Reflective Equilibrium,” Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader, pp. 156–78.
  • “Introduction,” with Brad Hooker and Elinor Mason, Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader, pp. 1–5. 
  • “John Stuart Mill’s Civic Liberalism,” History of Political Thought XXI:1 (2000), pp. 88–113.
  • “Internal Sanctions in Mill’s Moral Psychology,” Utilitas 10:1 (1998), pp. 68–81.
Discussion Notes
  • "Mill's 'Nature': Reply to Piers H. G. Stephens." Environmental Ethics 38:1 (2016), pp. 127–8.
  • “Utilitarianism and the Headache That Just Won’t Go Away: Reply to Cain,” Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2006), pp. 147–9.
  • “One Meat-Eater’s Modus Ponens...: Response to Norcross,” Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2004), pp. 175–7. 
  • “On Millgram on Mill,” Utilitas 16:1 (2003), pp. 96–108.
  • “Axiological Actualism and the Converse Intuition: Response to Parsons,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81:1 (2003), pp. 123–5.
Book Reviews
  • Frederick Rosen, Mill, Mind 123:492 (2014), pp. 1242–5. 
  • Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Utilitas 26:1 (2014), pp. 124–7.
  • Georgios Varouxakis, Mill on Nationality, Utilitas 16:2 (2004), pp. 231–3.
  • Richard B. Brandt, Facts, Values, and Morality, Mind 110:437 (2001), pp. 187–90.
  • R. M. Hare, Sorting Out Ethics, Utilitas 12:2 (2000), pp. 241–3.
  • William Shaw, Contemporary Ethics: Taking Account of Utilitarianism, APA Newsletter on Teaching 99:2 (2000), pp. 274–5.
  • John Skorupski, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Mill, Philosophy in Review/Competes rendus philosophiques XIX: 6 (1999), pp. 447–51.
  • Roger Crisp, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Mill on Utilitarianism and Maria Morales, Perfect Equality: John Stuart Mill on Well-Constituted Communities, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76:3 (1998), pp. 506–8.
  • Ronald J. Terchek, Republican Paradoxes and Liberal Anxieties, Utilitas 10:2 (1998), pp. 257–60.
Other Published Work
  • “Utilitarianism,” Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, eds. R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms (Sage, 2013), pp. 886–8.
  • “Harriet Taylor Mill,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2013 http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/harriet-mill/. Originally published 2002; major revisions 2009.
  • “Harriet Taylor Mill,” Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed. Jim Crimmins (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), pp. 338–41. 
  • “John Stuart Mill,” Biographical Dictionary of British Economists (Thoemmes 2004).
  • Endnotes and commentary for The Basic Writings of John Stuart Mill: On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, and Utilitarianism (Random House, 2002).
  • “John Stuart Mill,” “James Fitzjames Stephen,” and “William Thornton,” Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Philosophers (Thoemmes, 2002).
Invited Talks and Lectures
  • “Should College Graduates Get Extra Votes?” Senior Scholar Lecture, Old Dominion University College of Arts and Letters , Fall 2015.
  • “Was ‘Strawson’s Point’ Really Strawson’s Point? Darwall, Reactive Attitudes, and Consequentialism.” Wichita State University Philosophy Department, March 2014. Also presented at the Universität Hamburg, July 2014.
  • “J. S. Mill, R. M. Hare, and ‘I.I. Utilitarianism.’”Universität Hamburg, July 2013.
  • “Reactive Attitudes and the Hare-Williams Debate.” College of William and Mary Philosophy Department, March 2013.
  • “Mill, Rule Utilitarianism, and the Incoherence Objection.” Virginia Commonwealth University Philosophy Department, October 2008.
  • “Mill’s Utopian Utilitarianism.” University of Kansas Department of Philosophy, April 2007.
  • “Why We Cannot Be Obligated to Produce the Best Result.” Wichita State University Department of Philosophy, April 2007. 
  • “Is Millian Rule Utilitarianism Coherent?” College of William and Mary Colloquium on John Stuart Mill, April 2006. Also presented at the University of St. Andrews Philosophy Colloquium, February 2007.
  • “John Stuart Mill’s Civic Liberalism.” Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, May 2001.
  • “John Stuart Mill on Character and Liberty.” Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, May 2001. Also presented at the ODU College of Arts and Letters Faculty Forum, November 2001.

Conference Presentations
  • Invited Commentary. Robert Gruber, “The Mismatch Problem for Expected Utility Act Consequentialism.” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, March 2017.
  • “Compunction, Buck-Passing, and Moral Reasons.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, January 2017.
  • Invited Commentary. Spencer Case, “Rethinking Demandingness: Why Satisficing Consequentialism and Scalar Consequentialism are not Less Demanding than Maximizing Consequentialism.” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2016.
  • Invited Commentary. Jeffrey Howard, “Kidnapped: The Ethics of Paying Ransoms.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, January 2016.
  • Invited Plenary Presentation. “The Place of Plural Voting in Mill’s Conception of Representative Government.” John Stuart Mill Konferenz, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, June 2014.
  • Invited Commentary. Peter Zuk, “The (Anti-)Real(ist) Mill.” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, February 2014.
  • “Mill’s Conception of Pleasure: Meeting West in the Middle.” Kansas Philosophical Society Conference, February 2014. [Due to my weather-related absence, the paper was read by Susan Castro.] Also read at the Southwestern Philosophical Society Meeting, October 2014.
  • “‘In a Cool Hour’: Reactive Attitudes and the Hare-Williams Debate.” International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, August 2012.
  • “Brown on Mill’s Moral Theory: A Critical Response.” International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, September 2008. 
  • Invited Commentary. Evan Kreider, “Mill on Happiness.” University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 2008.
  • “Mill’s Misleading Moral Mathematics.” With Ben Eggleston. American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2008 (presented jointly). Also read at the Southwestern Philosophical Society Meeting, November 2007 (presented jointly).
  • “India House Utilitarianism.” With Ben Eggleston. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, April 2007 (presented jointly). Also read at the Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference, September 2006 (presented jointly), the Southwestern Philosophical Society Meeting, November 2006 (presented by Eggleston), and the Central States Philosophy Association Meeting, October 2006 (presented by Eggleston).
  • Invited Presentation. “Mill’s Utopian Utilitarianism.” Canadian Political Science Association, June 2006. Also presented at the International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, August 2005.
  • Invited Participant, Plenary Roundtable Session, John Stuart Mill Bicentennial Conference, International Society for Utilitarian Studies, April 2006.
  • “Is Millian Rule Utilitarianism Coherent?” John Stuart Mill Bicentennial Conference, International Society for Utilitarian Studies, April 2006.
  • “Reparations for Emancipation: Mill’s Vindication of the Rights of Slave Owners.” Political Studies Association Conference, April 2005.
  • Invited Commentary. Monica L. Gerrek, “Another Look Into ‘The Moral Status of Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy.’” Group Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2005.
  • “J. S. Mill on Slavery.” American Political Science Association Conference, September 2004.
  • Invited Commentary. Anand J. Vaidya, “A Response to Some Common Criticisms of Medical Ethics.” International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Ethics, February 2004.
  • Invited Commentary. Alastair Norcross, “Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It’s All in Good Taste.” Southwestern Philosophical Society Meeting, November 2003. 
  • “Defending Mill Against Millgram.” International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, April 2003. 
  • “Actual-Consequence Act Utilitarianism and the Best Possible Humans.” Virginia Philosophical Association Conference, October 2002.
  • Invited Commentary. Panel title: “Can Liberal Proceduralism Be Neutral?” American Political Science Association Conference, August 2002.
  • “Sympathy, Unity, and Individuality: The Incoherence of Mill’s Conception of Human Perfection.” U.K. Association of Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference (“The Ethics of Altruism”), April 2002.
  • “Mill’s Socialism.” Group Meeting of the International Economics and Philosophy Society, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2002. Also read at the Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, November 2002.
  • “Political Ethics.” With Stephen K. Medvic. Third Annual Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference, January 2002.
  • “Atomists, Liberals, and Civic Republicans: Taylor on the Ontology of Citizenship.” Virginia Philosophical Association Conference, October 2000.
  • “Harsanyi on the Superiority of Rule- to Act-Utilitarianism.” International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, March 2000. 
  • “Reflective Equilibrium and Hooker’s Rule-Consequentialism.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, December 1998. Also read at the International Society for Utilitarian Studies Conference, March 1997.
  • Invited Commentary. David Mayo and Martin Gunderson, “Same-Sex Marriage: A Critique of the Leftist Critique.” Minnesota Philosophy Society Meeting, October 1997.
  • “John Stuart Mill’s Civic Liberalism.” University of Manchester Graduate Conference on Political Thought, June 1997. Also read at the Minnesota Philosophical Society Meeting, 1997.
  • “Mill on the Internal Sanction.” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, December 1996.