Neil E. Williams


Neil E. Williams.

Neil E. Williams


Neil E. Williams


Department Chair and Associate Professor

Areas of Specialization

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science

Contact Information

136-C Park Hall

UB North Campus

Buffalo NY, 14260-4150

Phone: (716) 645-0161

Fax: (716) 645-6139


PhD, Columbia

Current Research

Causal Powers; Persistence; Properties; Natural Kinds.


  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Color
  • Introduction to Logic

Selected Publications

  • The Powers Metaphysic (2019) Oxford.
  • Dispositions and the Argument from Science  (2011) Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
  • Putnam’s Traditional Neo-Essentialism  (2011) Philosophical Quarterly.
  • Puzzling Powers: The Problem of Fit   (2010) The Metaphysics of Dispositions: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations Marmodoro, A (ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • A Dispositional Theory of Possibility (2008) Dialectica. (with A. Borghini).
  • The Factory Model of Disease (2007) The Monist.

Professor Neil Williams' new book is an engaging and unique case study in systematic metaphysics. He argues that we can solve a host of basic metaphysical problems by appealing to the nature of objects. See Oxford UP.