Bill Meacham, Ph.D.

Bill Meacham is an independent scholar in philosophy and the author of the book How To Be an Excellent Human and the blog Philosophy for Real Life. He studied philosophy at Williams College, Columbia University and the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent many years as a computer programmer, systems analyst and project manager. He brings 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?

Meacham is the author of two books:

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. It addresses the big questions of life:

  • How should we live our lives?
  • How should we decide how to live our lives? How should we even frame the question in the first place?
  • What is it to be human? What are we like, how do we function?
  • What is our place in the universe? How do we fit into the bigger picture? What is the bigger picture, the basic nature of all of reality?
Click here to buy How To Be An Excellent Human in paperback.
Click here to download
an electronic copy.

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. This ebook is free.


Click here to download How To Exert Free Will for free.


Philosophy for Real Life, a blog about philosophy and what it can mean for us

What's What, a number of other philosophical papers and essays

Tips for passing the PMP exam

Curriculum Vitae



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