Lantz Miller

Dr. Lantz Fleming Miller

Department of Philosophy
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Room C326 (Cubicus)
Tel. 053 – 489 2813
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Lantz Fleming Miller attended the University of Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and City University of New York Graduate Center, where he received his PhD in philosophy in 2014. He combines a wide range of training and education—in both the natural sciences (biology) and the humanities—to inform his particular approach to philosophy, which builds upon the value of incorporating both empirical and non-empirical or a priori evidence in working out philosophical problems. This multifaceted training background also informs many of his particular research interests.


My research is centered on interrelated issues in moral and political philosophy, such as how the advent of new technologies affects human rights, equality, and social values, as well as how social values influence the deployment of technologies. Two years ago I began investigating how the deployment of increasingly sophisticated automaton technology calls for careful reexamination of the basis of human rights and the degree to which humanlike automata merit what we may deem “full human rights.” Another project in the broad area of social/political and moral values and new technologies is inquiry into what role individual initiative should take, for instance as consumers with free choice, in a world environment in which new technologies not only parallel, but may also further, the increase of environmental degradation..

More long-term projects include a book on the natural history of social equality and why we seek equality and how it would most likely be realized; an investigation into just what rationality consists in; and what I deem the human valuing of life in and of itself and how this most basic valuing gives way to subservient values that may, though, turn around and devalue its parent value. I am also working on some issues in normative and metaethics.


I have previously taught philosophy at Institut Mines-Télécom; Institut Supérieur de Commerce; City College, Manhattan; and Brooklyn College.

Current teaching at University of Twente includes Philosophical Theories and Methods, a masters thesis tutorial, bioethics, and philosophy of technology.

Key Publications (2012 onward)

  • “Anticipating the Ultimate Innovation, Volitional Evolution: Can It Not Be Promoted or Implemented Responsibly Journal of Responsible Innovation.. 10.1080/23299460.2015.1107019, forthcoming.
  • “Relentless Assimilationist Indigenous Policy: From Invasion of Group Rights to Genocide in Mercy’s Clothing.” Indigenous Policy Journal, forthcoming.
  • “Granting Automata Human Rights: Challenge to a Basis of Full-Rights Privilege,” Human Rights Review 16(4): 369-391.2015
  • “Fine-Tuning the Ontology of Patriarchy: A New Approach to Explaining and Responding to a Persisting Social Injustice" Philosophy and Social Criticism 41(9):885-906. 2015
  • “‘We Now Control Our Evolution’: Circumventing Ethical and Logical Cul-de-Sacs of an Anticipated Engineering Revolution.” Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, 20: 1011-1025. 2014
  • “Is Species Integrity a Human Right? A Rights Issue Emerging from Individual Liberties with New Technologies.” Human Rights Review 2014, 155 2): 177-199. 2014
  • “A Unique Challenge for US Indigenous Rights.” Indigenous Policy Journal, Summer 2014, Vol. 25(1). 2014
  • “The Rights of Self-Delimiting Peoples: Protecting Those Who Want No Part of Us.” Human Rights Review 14(1): 31-51. 2013
  • “If We Have a Music Instinct, for Which Music?” Philosophy of Music Education Review 20(2): 177-190. 2012
  • “The Moral Philosophy of Automobiles.” Journal of Agricultural and. Environmental Ethics 25: 637-655. 2012


  • “Review of One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? By Sarah Conly; Permissible Progeny? The Morality of Procreation and Parenting. By Sarah Hannan, Samantha Brennan; and Richard Vernon; Weinberg, Rivka. The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible. By Rivka Weinberg; and Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce? By David Benatar and David Wasserman, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, forthcoming.
  • “Review of Sex and the Posthuman Condition. By Michael Hauskeller.” Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, forthcoming.
  • “Review of Consciousness and Moral Responsibility. By Neil Levy.” Journal of Consciousness Studies, forthcoming. 2015.
  • “Review of Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape the Human Mind. By Jesse J. Prinz.” Philosophy Now, June/July 2015.
  • “Review of Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice. By Martha Nussbaum.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 17:1009-1010. 2014
  • “Review of The Trace of God: A Rational Warrant for Belief. By Joseph Hinman.” Studies in Religion 43(3), pp.. 529-531. 2014
  • “Review of Better Humans? Understanding the Enhancement Project. By Michael Hauskeller;” Journal of Responsible Innovation 1(2): 220-224. 2014
  • “Review of Aging and the Art of Living. By Jan Baars.” American Journal of Bioethics 14 (4): 62-63. 2014
  • “Review of Why Have Kids? By Jessica Valenti.” Hypatia Online Reviews. 2013
  • “Review of King Car and the Ethics of Automobile Proponents’ Strategies in China and India. By Martin Calkins.” Business Ethics Quarterly 23(4): 617-619. 2013
  • “Review of Beyond Humanity? The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement. By Allen Buchanan.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16(4): 899-900. 2013
  • “Review of Humanity’s End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement. By Nicholas Agar.” Human Rights Review 13: 413-415. 2012. 2012
  • “Review of The Cambridge Companion to Socrates. Edited by Donald Morrison.” Philosophical Inquiry 8(12):81-87. 2012. 2012
  • “Review: Putting the Horse before Descartes. By Bernard E. Rollin.” Journal of Agricultural and. Environmental Ethics. 2012

Papers in Review

  • “Persistent Pervasive Institutional Racism: How the Allegedly New Good Merely Refashions the Old Bad,” submitted to Philosophy and Social Criticism, September 2016.
  • “Three Widespread Interrelated Philosophical Presuppositions That Warrant Direct Attention,” submitted to Journal of Metaphilosophy, September 2015
  • “What Should We Do about Automobiles?” submitted to Philosophy Now, September 2015
  • “To Mitigate Global Disaster: Anthropology and Biology Point to New Policy Fighting the Ultimate Threat to Our Species,” submitted to Anthropology in Action, March 2015.
  • “Individual Responsibility for Environmental Degradation: The Optimally Moral and Practical Route to Change,” submitted to Environmental Ethics, September 2014.

Book Chapters

  • “The Age-Old Problem of Inherent Human Superiority,” in M. Begun, R. Bijlsma, G. Dierckxsens, T. Kiefer (eds.)The Animal Inside: Essays in the Intersections of Philosophical Anthropology and Animal Studies. Rowan and Littlefield, forthcoming.

Conference Papers and Seminar Presentations

  • “Business's Greatest Innovation Responsibility Yet: Evolving the Entire Population of Homo Sapiens into Something Else," Séminaires de l’axe Norme, Lavallois, France, March !10, 2016.
  • “Is It Better To Be a Human Than a Lion?” Red Star Line Conference on Animals in Philosophical Argument: Perspectives on Understanding Humans in Relation to Animals. University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, September 19-21, 2013.
  • “Wasted Lives, Well-Done Lives.” Building Bridges Conference on Philosophy and Waste. University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois, November 5, 2011.
  • Books: Fiction
  • Beholt the Man (novel). Colorado Springs: Grand Viaduct, forthcoming.
  • City Limit (novel). Colorado Springs: Grand Viaduct, 2013.


I have reviewed for: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Social Philosophy,, The Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, and Journal of Renewable Bioresources

Awards, Honors

  • Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship, City University of New York Graduate Center
  • Writing Fellowship, Graduate School of the Arts, Columbia University
  • National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship for Graduate Studies at M.I.T.
  • Graduated with Highest Honors, University of Texas
  • Elected to University of Texas Junior Fellows
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Texas Chapter

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Philosophical Association
  • 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology

Other Interests

Asian, African, and Western-classical music, musical composition, viewing the plastic arts, world literature, other cultures, running, swimming, general exercising, walking in forests, cooking, doing whatever with family.