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Joshua Horn


Joshua Horn is an associate professor in philosophy. He joined the UW-Stevens Point Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2013. By teaching philosophy, Horn said, he helps students to consider some of the most important and difficult questions that life has to offer. He specializes in 17th & 18th Century Philosophy, and especially on the thoughts of Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant. In addition to interests in modern philosophy, Horn maintains an active interest in contemporary analytic metaphysics and philosophy of mind in the fields of modality, causation, free will, philosophy of religion, and cognitive science. View CV

Horn works to make philosophy accessible to a broad group of readers and interlocutors. To this end, he presents and publishes essays concerning popular culture, especially in video games. Research in this area has directly led to several publications including: “Identity Across Space and Time: BioShock Infinite and Theories of Transworld Individuality” and “The Triforce and the Doctrine of the Mean” with Open Court. Horn is editing a forthcoming volume with Wiley Blackwell, The Last of Us and Philosophy.


  • University Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (2020)


  • Leibniz Society of North America
  • Society for Philosophy of Religion


“It is a sight fit for a God to watch the virtuous man grapple with adversity and evil temptations and manage to hold out against them.” ~Immanuel Kant


When he was growing up, he wanted to be a criminal prosecutor.

Associate Professor

CCC 418


Ph.D. - Philosophy
University of Kentucky

M.A. - Philosophy
University of Kentucky

B.A. - Philosophy, Government
Morehead State University


Introduction to Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Death
Ancient Greek Philosophy
17th & 18th Century Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Law
Ethics and Medicine