Dr. Daniel Milsky
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Advisor
Telephone: (773) 442-5798
Office Hours (Spring, 2014): MWF 10 AM - 11 AM and 12 PM - 1 PM; TR by appointment.
Dan grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. He attended Union College in Schenectady, NY and studied philosophy where he received the Harold Larrabee prize for best undergraduate work in the philosophy department. At Union Dan developed an interest in the field of Environmental Ethics. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois/Chicago where he received an M.A.(1995) and a Ph.D.(2004) and wrote his dissertation on the implications of theoretical ecology for environmental ethics. Dan focused specifically on developing a conception of ecosystem health that was philosophically consistent with the concept as employed in current theoretical and applied ecology. It turns out that the definition Dan has developed may prove useful for assessing the success and value of ecosystem restorations. A current research project Dan is working on involves a critical assessment of local wilderness restoration projects in the Chicago area. He is also interested in continuing to develop notions of ecosystem health and finding ways to argue for ecosystem health as a locus of value. While in graduate school, Dan won the 1st annual philosophy graduate student teaching prize. He started teaching at NEIU as a visiting lecturer while still a graduate student, was hired as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and became Coordinator of the Philosophy Program in 2006. Some of Dan's recent courses include medical, environmental and business ethics; philosophy of sex; and philosophy of law. Dan really enjoys teaching the introductory courses and general education courses as well. Last Spring he taught an introduction to philosophy through film course for the first time. Dan serves on several committees and is also the NEIU Ethics Bowl team coach and advisor to the philosophy club. He lives in Lincoln Square with his wife Meg and their children Sasha and Noah.