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Course Assistant: PHIL 1A Intro to Philosophy

Office: Rabb 327

Office Hours: Fri., 3:00pm to 4:00pm and by appointment


Quentin Williams


Quentin Williams

Quentin graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in English. His philosophical interests are primarily in epistemology and philosophy of mind. As an undergraduate, he worked on projects examining topics such as the nature of conceptual and nonconceptual content, scientific realism and reductionism, and semantic externalism. Specifically, he is interested in the kinds of content that figure in experience—i.e., whether the content of experience is wholly conceptual or at least partially nonconceptual.

He is also interested in investigating how his primary interests relate to other areas of philosophy, especially ethics and metaphysics. He has enjoyed exploring topics such as the role of reasons in deontological and consequentialist theories, and the relationship between epistemic freedom and metaphysical freedom. He continues to examine issues that intersect metaphysics and philosophy of mind, including the nature of non-existent objects, psychological and semantic reducibility, and the implications of deterministic theories.

Following graduation from Brandeis, Quentin’s objective is to enter a PhD program in Philosophy. Aside from philosophy, Quentin enjoys wandering around Wikipedia, watching football (soccer), and antagonizing his wife, Madison.