Charles Joshua Horn

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D. — Philosophy, University of Kentucky
M.A. — Philosophy, University of Kentucky
B.A. — Morehead State University

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Joshua Horn received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Kentucky. He taught at UK, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University, before coming to UWSP in 2013 with his wife, Katy. He specializes in the history of modern philosophy, especially on metaphysics and epistemology of Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant. He wrote his dissertation on the nature of compossibility in Leibniz's mature period. In addition to  interests in modern philosophy, Joshua 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. In the past, he has taught classes on the Philosophy of Death and the Philosophy of Science Fiction.

Scholarly Activities

Select Publications:


1. Leibniz's Contemporary Modal Theodicy", Quaestiones Disputatae, Vol. 7. No. 2. Catholic University of America Press. pp. 97-119. 

2. Leibniz's Ripples: The Continuing Relevance of the Last Great Polymath", Quaestiones Disputatae, Vol. 7. No. 2. Catholic University of America Press. pp. 3-7. 

3. “Leibniz’s Stoic and Spinozistic Justification for Eternal Damnation” in Philosophical Conceptions of Hell, Ed. Benjamin McCraw and Robert Arp, Palgrave Macmillan 2015. pp. 99-112.

4. “The Individual’s Place in Paradise: The Limits, Promise, and Role of Reason in Modern Conceptions of Utopia” in The Individual and Utopia: A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection, Eds. Clint Jones and Cameron Ellis Ashgate Publishing 2014. pp. 11-25
5. "Identity Across Space and Time: Bioshock Infinite and Theories of Transworld Individuality" in Bioshock and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 2015. pp.76-85.
6. "Dreams and Possible Worlds: Inception and the Metaphysics of Modality" Chapter 15 in Inception and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 2011. pp. 215-230
7. "The Triforce and the Doctrine of the Mean" Chapter 17 in The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy. Open Court Publishing 2008. pp. 211--219



1. Review of Lloyd Strickland, Leibniz on God and Religion: A Reader. Bloomsbury Academic Press. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 80:3 (December 2016), pp. 321-323.

2. Review of Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereya, Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles. Oxford University Press., Journal of the History of Philosophy. pp. 787-788.
3. Review of Michael Shapiro, War Crimes, Atrocity, and Justice. Polity Press., Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict. pp. 155-156.
4. Review of Michael Griffin, Leibniz, God, and Necessity. Cambridge University Press., Review of Metaphysics. 66:4 (June 2013), pp. 836—837  


Invited Lectures: 

1. "The Ontological Interpretation of Compossility" Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop; Michigan State University January 2015
2. "Mythos and Logos: The Role of Mythology in Antiguity" Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School 2014
3. “Leibniz’s Theory of Compossibility: Escaping from Spinoza’s Precipice” Georgetown College September 2012
4. “The Possibility of Possible Worlds: A Story of Radical Philosophers” Morehead State University February 2012

5. “Locke’s Second Treatise” Morehead State University October 2009


1. “The Ontological Interpretation of Compossibility”, Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop. Michigan State University. January 2015

2. “Skills Over Content", AAPT Session of the Eastern Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Baltimore, Maryland. December 2013

3. “Hope for Economic Liberation: Social Media and the New Capitalist Revolution”. Fifth Biennial International Herbert Marcuse Society. Lexington, Kentucky. November 2013

4. “Theodicean Solutions to Leibniz’s Problem of Contingency”. Metaphysics 2012 World Congress. Rome, Italy. November 2012

5. “Rethinking the Goal of Philosophy: A Phenomenological Reading of Plato’s Cave". Metaphysics 2012 World Congress. Rome, Italy. November 2012

6. “The Necessity of Freedom and the Possibility for the Good Life”. Pacific Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Seattle, Washington. April 2012

7. “The Passions of the Soulless: What Spinoza Can Tell Us About True Blood”. Far West Popular Culture and American Culture Association.Las Vegas, Nevada. February 2012


1. College of Arts and Sciences Certificate of Outstanding Teaching, University of Kentucky 2013

2. Annual Essay Prize University of Kentucky 2012

3. “The Ontological Interpretation of Compossibility” Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Kentucky 2012

4. Faculty All Star Award, Eastern Kentucky University 2012--

    Contact Information

    ​Office: ​CCC 418
    ​Phone: ​715.346.2849
    ​Fax: ​715.346.4215
    ​Website: Dr. Horn's


    PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

    PHIL 301:  Philosophy in a Popular Mode

    PHIL 302: Ethics and Medicine

    PHIL 310:  Metaphysics

    PHIL 320:  Philosophy of Religion

    PHIL 322: Symbolic Logic

    PHIL 326:  17th & 18th Century Philosophy

    PHIL 336:  Social and Political Philosophy

    PHIL 490: Capstone