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Roberta L. Millstein

Roberta L. Millstein


2287 Social Science and Humanities Building
Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 554-1398


  1. Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, 1997


Dissertation: "The Chances of Evolution: An Analysis of the Roles of Chance in Microevolution and Macroevolution," co-directed by C. Kenneth Waters and John Beatty

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of science, history and philosophy of biology, environmental ethics

Joined the UC Davis Philosophy Faculty: 2006


Departmental Affiliations


2013-2014 Course Schedule

120 – Environmental Ethics
208 – Philosophy of Biology Seminar

38 – Introduction to Philosophy of Biology
108 – Philosophy of the Biological Sciences

Not Teaching


Other Courses

30 Introduction to Philosophy of Science

210 Philosophy of Science Seminar

208 Environmental Ethics Seminar


Selected Recent Publications (see website for more)

Millstein, Roberta L. (2013), “Natural Selection and Causal Productivity: A Reply to Glennan” in H. Chao, S. Chen, and R. L. Millstein (eds.), Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics, Springer, 147-163.

Millstein, Roberta L. (2012), “Darwin's Explanation of Races by Means of Sexual Selection,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: 627-633.

Millstein, Roberta L. (2010), "The Concepts of Population and Metapopulation in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology" in M. A. Bell, D. J. Futuyma, W. F. Eanes, and J. S. Levinton (eds.), Evolution Since Darwin: The First 150 Years, Sunderland, MA: Sinauer, 61-86.


Currently Supervising Dissertations

Sarah Roe, "The Salmon-Roe Approach to Mechanistic Explanations"

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