Quassim Cassam

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Quassim Cassam (born 31 Jan. 1961)[1] is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Cassam was born in Mombasa, Kenya and educated at Keble College, Oxford. He writes on self-knowledge, perception, and topics in Kantian epistemology.


From 1986 to 2004 he taught Philosophy at Oxford University, where he was a Fellow of Wadham College. In 1993 he was Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004 he held the John Evans Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, Illinois. He was Professor of Philosophy at University College London in 2005-2006 and Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University in 2007-2008. Since 2009, Cassam has been Professor of Philosophy at Warwick University.

He has also been President of the Aristotelian Society (2010–11) and Mind Senior Research Fellow (2012–13).[2]

Research interests

Cassam's early publications were mostly on Kant, including "Transcendental Arguments, Transcendental Synthesis, and Transcendental Idealism" (Philosophical Quarterly, 1987) and "Kant and Reductionism" (Review of Metaphysics, 1989).

He has since written mainly about self-knowledge, perception, and topics in Kantian epistemology. He is the author of four books: Self and World (Oxford, 1997); The Possibility of Knowledge (Oxford, 2007); Self-Knowledge for Humans (Oxford, 2014); and, jointly with John Campbell, Berkeley's Puzzle: What Does Experience Teach Us? (Oxford, 2014).

He is also the editor of Self-Knowledge (Oxford, 1994) and the author of the Self-Knowledge bibliography in Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford, 2010). His 2010 Aristotelian Society Presidential address, "Knowing What You Believe", was published in The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2011.


  • Self-Knowledge for Humans, Oxford University Press (2014).
  • Berkeley's Puzzle: What Does Experience Teach Us? (co-authored with John Campbell), Oxford University Press (2014).
  • The Possibility Of Knowledge, Clarendon Press (2007).
  • Self and World, Oxford University Press (1997).
  • Self-Knowledge (editor), Oxford University Press (1994).


  1. ‘CASSAM, Prof. Quassim’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011  ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 26 Jan 2012
  2. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/people/faculty/cassam/cassam_cv.pdf