department of philosophy

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Rebecca Millsop


Dr. Millsop is thrilled to be a member of URI’s philosophy faculty starting the fall of 2017. She has a deep conviction that being a teaching philosopher is the most valuable activity she can engage in as an academic. She believes that teaching philosophy positively influences our communities and our society by equipping students with the vital tools of critical self-examination and the ability to constructively approach disagreements with others; her primary goal as a teaching philosopher is to empower her students with these tools and abilities. Outside her academic life, Dr. Millsop spends her time painting, reading (lots of science and speculative fiction), and participating in the vibrant arts community with her partner and friends in Providence.



Dr. Millsop’s research interests are broad ranging: aesthetics and the philosophy of art, metaphysics, philosophy of logic, and the work of Immanuel Kant. Her dissertation, Precisifying Art Pluralism, explores the possibility that the metaphysical status of art is pluralistic rather than monistic. Her current research projects focus on a continued consideration of art as a complex metaphysical kind, as well as the nature and importance of aesthetic experience.



Teaching at URI:

Critical Thinking – fall 2017

Ethics – spring 2018, fall 2017, spring 2016

Ethical Problems in Society and Medicine – spring 2016

Metaphysics – spring 2018



Ph.D., Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016

B.A. (summa cum laude with the Departmental Citation), Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

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