Professor Alan Millar

Emeritus Professor

Philosophy University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Alan Millar

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About me

I took my first degree at the University of Edinburgh and then received a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. I was appointed to a Lectureship at Stirling in 1971, was made Professor in 1994 and am now an Emeritus Professor. In 2005 I was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I have been a member of the Editorial Board of The Philosophical Quarterly and have served on the Executive Committees of the Aristotelian Society and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. I was Vice-President of the Mind Association in 2013-2014 and President of the Mind Association 2014-2015.

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My main research interests are in philosophy of mind and the theory of knowledge, though I have also written on the work of Joseph Butler and J. S. Mill on the relation between ethics, religion, and human nature. I am the author of Reasons and Experience (OUP, 1991), Understanding People: Normativity and Rationalizing Explanation (OUP, 2004) I am co-author with Duncan Pritchard and Adrian Haddock of The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations (OUP 2010). My latest book, Knowing By Perceiving, was published by OUP in 2019.

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The Value of Knowledge
PI: Professor Alan Millar
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Outputs (51)

Outputs

Book Chapter

Millar A (2020) Explaining Knowledge. In: Kelp C & Greco J (eds.) Virtue Theoretic Epistemology: New Methods and Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 181-202. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108666404.009

Authored Book

Millar A (2019) Knowing By Perceiving. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/knowing-by-perceiving-9780198755692/

Book Chapter

Millar A (2018) Perception and the Vagaries of Experience. In: Gersel J, Thybo Jensen R, Thaning M & Overgaard S (eds.) In the Light of Experience: New Essays on Perception and Reasons. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 189-212.

Book Review

Millar A (2018) Can Perceptual Experiences Be Rational?. Review of: The Rationality of Perception, by Susanna Siegel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. xxv + 221. ISBN: 9780198797081. Mind, 127 (505), pp. 251-263. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzx035

Article

Millar A (2017) On Extended Rationality. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, 7 (4), pp. 235-245. https://doi.org/10.1163/22105700-00704002

Commentary

Millar A (2017) Perceptual Recognition and Strange Environments: Reply to Broncano-Berrocal. Commentary on: Broncano-Berrocal Fernando 2016: 'Well-Founded Belief and Perceptual Justification', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 116, pp. 367–377. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 117 (2), pp. 207-214. https://doi.org/10.1093/arisoc/aox006

Book Chapter

Millar A (2016) Abilities, Competences, and Fallibility. In: Vargas M (ed.) Performance Epistemology: Foundations and Applications. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 62-82. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/performance-epistemology-9780198746942?cc=gb〈=en&

Book Chapter

Millar A (2014) How Meaning Might Be Normative. In: Dutant J J, Fassio D & Meylan A (eds.) Liber Amicorum Pascal Engel. Geneva, Switzerland: University of Geneva, pp. 798-817. http://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/publications/engel/liberamicorum

Book Chapter

Millar A (2014) Perceptual Knowledge and Background Beliefs. In: Dodd D & Zardini E (eds.) Scepticism and Perceptual Justification. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 128-148. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199658343.do

Book Chapter

Millar A (2011) Knowledge and Reasons for Belief. In: Reisner A & Steglich-Petersen A (eds.) Reasons for Belief. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 223-243. http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9780511977206; https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511977206

Book Chapter

Millar A (2010) Knowing from Being Told. In: Haddock A, Millar A & Pritchard D (eds.) Social Epistemology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 175-193. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199577477.do

Edited Book

Haddock A, Millar A & Pritchard D (eds.) (2010) Social Epistemology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199577477.do

Edited Book

Haddock A, Millar A & Pritchard D (eds.) (2009) Epistemic Value. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199231188.do

Book Chapter

Millar A (2009) How Reasons for Action Differ from Reasons for Belief. In: Robertson S (ed.) Spheres of Reason: New Essays in the Philosophy of Normativity. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 140-163. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199572939.do

Book Chapter

Millar A (2008) Disjunctivism and skepticism. In: Greco J (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 581-604. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-skepticism-9780195183214?cc=gb〈=en&

Commentary

Millar A (2007) Replies to Authors. Commentary on: Replies to Mario de Caro, Simone Gozzano, Adrian Haddock, and Paul Noordhof. SWIF Philosophy of Mind Review, 6 (1), pp. 72-90. http://lgxserver.uniba.it/lei/mind/swifpmr/0620071.pdf

Book Chapter

Millar A (2002) Reasons for Action and Instrumental Rationality. In: Bermúdez J & Millar A (eds.) Reason and Nature: Essays in the Theory of Rationality. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, pp. 113-132. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/philosophy/mind/9780199256839.do?sortby=bookTitleAscend&thumbby=10&thumbby_crawl=10

Edited Book

Bermudez JL & Millar A (eds.) (2002) Reason and Nature: Essays in the Theory of Rationality. Mind Association Occasional Series. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199256839.do

Book Chapter

Millar A (2001) Rationality and Higher-Order Intentionality. In: Walsh D (ed.) Naturalism, Evolution and Mind. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 49. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 179-198. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511563843.009

Book Chapter

Millar A (1998) Mill on Religion. In: Skorupski J (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge Companions to Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 176-202. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/philosophy/nineteenth-century-philosophy/cambridge-companion-mill

Book Review

Millar A (1996) Sensibility and Understanding. Review of: Mind and World, by John McDowell (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994), 191pp. ISBN 978-0674576100. Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, 39 (3-4), pp. 459-478. https://doi.org/10.1080/00201749608602431

Article

Millar A (1996) The Idea of Experience. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 96, pp. 75-90. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4545229

Book Review

Millar A (1994) Possessing Concepts. Review of: A Study of Concepts, by Christopher Peacocke, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992, 288pp. ISBN 9780262660976. Mind, 103 (409), pp. 73-82. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/103.409.73

Book Chapter

Millar A (1992) Butler on God and Human Nature. In: Cunliffe C (ed.) Joseph Butler's Moral and Religious Thought: Tercentenary Essays. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, pp. 293-315. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198267409.do

Authored Book

Millar A (1991) Reasons and Experience. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198242703.do

Article

Millar A (1988) Following Nature. Philosophical Quarterly, 38 (151), pp. 165-185. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2219922; https://doi.org/10.2307/2219922

Article

Millar A (1986) What's in a Look?. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 86 (1985-1986), pp. 83-97. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4545038