"Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background,
which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning." – Alfred North Whitehead

creativity and praxis

Creativity and Philosophy

Before doing formal studies in philosophy, I was an art student and I remain connected to the art world as an enthusiast. For me, art and philosophy are intimately connected; I believe that art reflects our inner states while the workings of the mind found in philosophical texts reveal an inherent creativity.

On the other hand, I have always understood philosophy as praxis, a form of practical wisdom, the realization of ideas. In this understanding, there is no opposition of theory and practice but rather the embodiment of our ideas in our actions. In the spirit of philosophy as praxis, the focus of my philosophical counseling is on the relevance of philosophy to our everyday lives.

My expertise is in 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy and the ancient philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The main influence on my counseling practice is the work of the German philosopher, Gerd B. Achenbach, founder of the contemporary movement in practical philosophy. Much of my scholarly writing focuses on the figure of Antigone as presented first by Sophocles and much later by Hegel. My fascination with Antigone in literature and philosophy, along with my love of painting and poetry, has profoundly shaped my thinking about the transformative role of creativity and widened my vision of philosophy as praxis. I have come to understand philosophical practice as a creative endeavor that opens us up to new ways of thinking and living.


Patricia J Mills, PhD
Prior to becoming a philosophical counselor, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in the Department of Philosophy, and then a member of the faculty there. After several years of teaching in Canada, I returned home and had a successful teaching career in the United States. I am now Professor Emerita.

Philosophical Practice

Private Practice located at 125 East 23rd Street, Suite 500, Room 9, New York, NY 10010.

Professor Emerita and Certified Counselor (certified by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association). I maintain membership in the American Counseling Association, the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), the American Philosophical Association (APA), and am included in Marquis Who’s Who in America (1998-2015).

My publications include Woman, Nature, and Psyche (Yale University Press), scholarly articles such as "Hegel's Antigone" (The Owl of Minerva, Vol.17, No.2), and a series of literary book columns for Dan’s Paper.