Charles W. Mills, professor emeritus of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), has passed away.
Professor Mills was well known for his work on social and political philosophy, African-American and African philosophy, critical race philosophy, ethics, and Marxist thought. He is the author of over 100 journal articles, chapters and commentaries, as well as six books: The racial contract, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race, From Class to Race: Essays on White Marxism and Black Radicalism, Contract and domination (co-written with Carole Pateman), Radical theory, Caribbean Reality, and Black Rights / White Evils: The Critique of Racial Liberalism. You can read more about his writings here and here.
Mills was appointed professor of philosophy at CUNY in 2016. Prior to that, he spent a decade at Northwestern University’s faculty (2007-2016) and before that, 17 years at the University of Illinois, Chicago (1990-2007). Previous positions were at the University of Oklahoma, University of Toronto, Campion College, and the College of Arts and Sciences in Kingston, Jamaica (as a Lecturer in Physics). He got his doctorate. from the University of Toronto and his undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies.
He has been honored by the profession, especially over the past twelve years, in a variety of ways, including being elected president of the central division of the American Philosophical Association (APA), being selected to lecture John Dewey of the APA, becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and delivered the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values ââat the University of Michigan.
Professor Mills died on the evening of Monday, September 20.
UPDATE: Below is a video of Professor Mills giving the Tanner 2020 Lecture on Human Values, “The Question of Racial Justice … and Why the Subject Has Been So Little in Western Political Philosophy, and More particularly American â.