Dan Williams

Associate Fellow


Daniel Williams (PhD, Cambridge, 2018; MPhil, Cambridge, 2015) specialises in the philosophy of psychology and social science. He is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. From 2018 to 2019, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp. His current research advances the idea that many putative examples of human irrationality are socially strategic, enabling individuals to achieve social goals that come into conflict with epistemic goals such as truth and impartiality. He is currently working on a book in which he argues that this simple idea illuminates a large and varied body of psychological phenomena, including self-deception, confabulation, social conformity, confirmation bias, motivated cognition, ideological and religious beliefs, and more. In addition, he also works in the philosophy of cognitive science and artificial intelligence, with a special interest in the promises, pitfalls, and implications of probabilistic models of cognition. You can find out more about his research and see a list of his publications here: www.danwilliamsphilosophy.com.

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