Christopher Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Philosophy
Christopher Williams


Professor Williams is the author of A Cultivated Reason: An Essay on Hume and Humeanism (Penn State, 1999), and his articles have focused on Hume and on philosophical aesthetics. He is a co-editor of Persons and Passions: Essays in Honor of Annette Baier (Notre Dame, 2005). He has been a Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell. Research and teaching interests include aesthetics, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy, selected topics in ethics, and the philosophy of history. Recently he has been working on R.G. Collingwood's philosophy of art.

Research interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • History of philosophy
  • Hume
  • Philosophy of mind

Courses taught

  • PHIL 452 — Aesthetics
  • PHIL 403 — Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 404 — 19th Century Philosophy


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1988
  • B.A., Philosophy, Furman University, 1982