Ethan Mills

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Social Sciences 218

Office Hours: 

Tues. and Thurs. 12:30-1:30, Fri. 1-2:30, and by appointment

I started teaching at the University of Arizona in the spring of 2012.  Here at the U of A I've been teaching courses such as Philosophy of Religion, Ethical Theory, Ancient (Greek) Philosophy, Intro to Philosophy Through Film, Philosophy of Happiness, and Mind, Matter, and God (an introductory course focusing on some major figures in the history of Western philosophy).  Previously I taught at the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe.


PhD, Philosophy, University of New Mexico

MA, Philosophy, University of Hawai'i

BA, Philosophy, Hamline University

Research Interests: 

My areas of research specialization are the philosophical traditions of classical India (including Indian Buddhist philosophy) and skepticism (ancient and modern, Western and Indian).  My secondary interests include contemporary epistemology, philosophy of religion, early modern European philosophy, ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, ethics, Chinese philosophy, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy.

Selected Publications: 

“Jayarāśi’s Delightful Destruction of Epistemology.”  Philosophy East and West.  Forthcoming 65:4 (October 2015). 

"Engaged Buddhist Metaphysics: Buddhadāsa on Dependent Origination."  Indian Ethics: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Challenges: Volume II.  Eds. Purushottama Bilimoria and Joseph Prabhu.  Springer, Forthcoming 2014.

"Cultivation of Moral Concern in Theravāda Buddhism: Toward a Theory of the Relation Between Tranquility and Insight."  Journal of Buddhist Ethics.  Volume 11 (2004).

"Book Review of Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism by Adrian Kuzminski."  Ancient Philosophy.  Vol. 31, Number 1 (Spring 2011).

"Book Review of Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation: A Philosophical Study by David Burton."  Philosophy East and West.  Vol. 57, Number 4 (October 2007).


Works in Progress:

“’Prapañca’ in Nāgārjuna and Gauḍapāda.”

“Vasubandhu and the Nature of the Skeptical Problem.”

Selected Presentations:

"Skepticism and Religious Practice in Sextus and Nāgārjuna," Canadian Philosophical Association.  Victoria, BC, Canada.  June 2013.

“Vasubandhuan Phenomenalism as a Buddhist Ethical Practice,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Group Program. New Orleans, LA.  February 2013.

"Rejecting Epistemology: Nāgārjuna's Pañcakoṭi and Agrippa's Trilemma,"  Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Annual Conference, Carbondale, IL.  October 2012.

"The Ethics of Skepticism: What We Can Learn from Nāgārjuna, Sextus, and Jayarāśi."  Tenth East-West Philosophers' Conference.  Honolulu, HI.  May 2011.

"Is Skepticism Inevitable?"  American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Main Program.  Minneapolis, MN.  April 2011.

"Jayarāśi's Skepticism: How to Stop Worrying and Love a Life without Philosophy."  American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Group Program. Boston, MA.  December 2010.

PhD Dissertation Title: 

The Dependent Origination of Skepticism in Classical India: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Philosophy