Nicolas Garcia Mills

Nicolas Garcia Mills
John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Fellow
Wieboldt 401
MA and PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; BA and MA, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Teaching at UChicago since 2021
Research Interests: Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy (especially Hegel), ethics, philosophy of action, social and political philosophy

Nicolas Garcia Mills is the John and Daria Barry Foundation post-doctoral fellow for 2021-22. Before coming to the University of Chicago, he taught in the Philosophy Department at Tufts University. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BA from the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain). He specializes in Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy. More specifically, his research focuses on the practical, moral as well as social and political philosophies of Kant and Hegel and their contemporary relevance.  During his time as a postdoc at the University of Chicago, he plans to work on a book manuscript, in which he articulates and defends the interpretive view that Hegel is an ethical naturalist and puts him into conversation with various forms of neo-Aristotelian naturalism.


“Self-Consciousness is Desire Itself: On Hegel’s Dictum”, Review of Metaphysics (2021)      

“Hegel on the Normativity of Animal Life”, Hegel Bulletin (2020)

“Realizing the Good: Hegel’s Critique of Kantian Morality”, European Journal of Philosophy (2018)

Recent Courses

PHIL 20115/30115 Freedom, Morality, and the Social World: Kant, Hegel, Marx

This course will provide an advanced introduction to the moral, social, and political philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Marx. Our guiding theme will be freedom. We will ask: What kind of freedom is required for morality? In what sense, if any, are moral laws self-legislated or laws that we give ourselves? What is the relation between our freedom as individuals and the social world around us? Under what social and psychological conditions are we free, exactly, and under what conditions are we unfree? Are workers in a capitalist society free, for example? And why should we value freedom, anyway? Our main text for the course will be Hegel's Philosophy of Right. (A) (V)

One prior course in ethics, social philosophy, and/or the history of philosophy.

2021-2022 Spring
Social/Political Philosophy