Bill Meacham, Ph.D.

I am an independent scholar in philosophy and a writer and editor. Contact me via email at or by phone at +1 (512) 470-4606.


I studied philosophy at Williams College, Columbia University and the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving my Ph.D., I spent many years as a computer programmer, systems analyst and project manager. I bring the precision required for good software development to the analysis of philosophical concepts and to the deep questions posed by philosophy: What's real? How do we know what's real? And what shall we do about what's real? Here are my writings:

  • Book: How To Be An Excellent Human. How can we live good, fulfilling lives? How can we be happy? These questions have been at the forefront of philosophy ever since Socrates, and this engaging book attempts an answer.
  • Book: How To Exert Free Will. Here is a readable account of the philosophical controversy regarding freedom of the will. The book asserts that we do, indeed, have free will and offers suggestions for how best to employ it.
  • Blog: Philosophy for Real Life, about philosophy and what it can mean for us.
    If you would like to be notified when I publish a new blog essay, please email me at . (Don't worry; you won't be inundated.)
  • Essays: What's What, other philosophical papers and essays.

Note: I make my work in philosophy freely available, but financial support is always welcome. If you would like to support me, please buy my book.

Writing and Editing

I am available for technical and expository writing and editing. Here are some samples of my work:

Other Stuff


Phone: +1 (512) 470-4606