About Me


I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp.

Before this, I did my PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Richard Holton and Huw Price.

Right now, I’m primarily interested in two main topics.

The first concerns the extent to which the concept of deep generative models from machine learning provides a general framework for understanding mental representation. That’s mostly what my PhD thesis was on, for example.

The second concerns the social influences on human belief and reasoning. I think that human belief formation is highly sensitive to social rewards and punishments, and that this has important implications for all kinds of issues in cognitive science, the philosophy of mind, and the dynamics of polarization and tribalism in contemporary politics.

I also have many other interests, including:

  • the philosophy of psychiatry, especially questions surrounding psychosis and addiction;
  • the philosophy of economics and social science, especially questions concerning the predictive limitations of social science and the appropriate moral and political implications of those limitations;
  • the relationship between empiricism, pragmatism, and naturalism—specifically, in outlining a philosophical framework that incorporates what is important in each of these traditions whilst discarding what isn’t. That’s what my Master’s thesis was on, for example.


Find me on academia here: https://cambridge.academia.edu/DanielWilliams

On researchgate here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Williams53

On Google Scholar here: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=JETVbM0AAAAJ&hl=en