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Roberta L. Millstein

Roberta L. Millstein


One Shields Ave
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

2014-2015 Course Schedule

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

  • Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (Phi 38)
  • Environmental Ethics (Phi 220)

Spring Quarter

  • Not teaching


Other Courses

30 Introduction to Philosophy of Science

210 Philosophy of Science Seminar

208 Philosophy of Biology Seminar

Selected Recent Publications (see website for more)

Millstein, Roberta L. (2014), “How the Concept of 'Population' Resolves Concepts of 'Environment,'” Philosophy of Science 81: 741-755.

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

Shawn A. Miller, "Protein Folding, Microprocessors, and the Direction of Science"


Recent PhD Students

Sarah M. Roe, "The Salmon-Roe Approach to Mechanistic Explanations" - tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University


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