Bill Meacham got his college and university degrees in philosophy, and then left that field to make his living as a programmer, software designer, project manager and requirements analyst. But he never quit thinking about the nature of reality and his place in it, the nature of human beings and how it makes sense to live our lives. He writes it all down in a way that is accessible to an interested person who is not trained in philosophy but also rigorous enough that professional philosophers will find merit in it, or at least something worth arguing with.
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On this page
Various Papers and Videos, newest first
Research Papers for the Book, the precursor to How To Be an Excellent Human
Dissertation, written in 1971, still relevant
Works by Other People, archived here for convenience
Philosophy for Real Life, a blog about philosophical concerns and how they affect our lives.
The book How To Be An Excellent Human in paperback.
The book How To Be An Excellent Human in PDF format.
The free ebook How To Exert Free Will.
Various Papers and Videos
How To Talk About Subjectivity, a video of a presentation to several online philosophy groups, 19 November 2020. See paper of the same title below.
The Pragmatism of William James (PDF), 199 KB, a presentation to several online philosophy groups, 2 June 2020.
The Pragmatism of C.S. Peirce (PDF), 312 KB, a presentation to several online philosophy clubs, 12 May 2020.
The Goodness Ethic, a presentation to the Ethical Society of Austin, 17 March 2019
Reassessing Morality (html); PDF 148 KB. Conflicts based on differing moral intuitions are notoriously difficult to resolve. An investigation of the ontology of morality as experienced gives us clues as to why this is so.
How to Talk About Subjectivity (Don’t Say “Consciousness”) (html); PDF 400 KB. Forthcoming in Journal of Consciousness, Vol. 19, No. 62.
Learning from Masters: Ethics and Cosmology in Zarathustra and Hazrat Inayat Khan
What Good Is Philosophy?, a presentation to Austin Philosophy Discussion Group, 22 December 2014 (PDF only) 362 KB
How to Derive "Ought" from "Is" (PDF only) 267 KB
La Ética de la Permacultura y la Cadena de Beneficios (PDF only) 65 KB
Ethical Sonography (PDF only) 20 KB. An early statement of ideas on ethics.