Charles Joshua Horn

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Education

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

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Biography

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:

Chapters: 

  1. Leibniz's Contemporary Modal Theodicy", Quaestiones Disputatae, Vol. 7. No. 2. Catholic University of America Press, 2017. 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 2017. 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

Reviews and Proceedings:

  1. Review of Lloyd Strickland, Proofs of God in Early Modern Europe: An Anthology. Baylor University Press. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 85:3 (June 2019) pp. 369—371
  2. Review of Richard Arthur, Monads, Composition, and Force: Ariadnean Threads through Leibniz's Labyrinth. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming, Review of Metaphysics
  3. Review of Jill Graper Hernandez, Early Modern Women and the Problem of Evil: Atrocity and Theodicy. Routledge. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 83:2 (April 2018) pp. 213—216
  4. 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
  5. "Leibniz and Impossible Ideas in the Divine Intellect" Vorträge des X. Internationalen Leibniz Kongresses, Ed. Wenchao Li. Hannover: Olms, 2016 Band IV, pp. 539—551
  6. Review of Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, Leibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles. Oxford University Press. Journal of the History of Philosophy. 53:4 (October 2015) pp. 787—788
  7. Review of Michael Shapiro, War Crimes, Atrocity, and Justice. Polity Press. Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict (2015) pp. 155—156
  8. Review of Michael Griffin, Leibniz, God, and Necessity. Cambridge University Press. Review of Metaphysics. 66:4 (June 2013) pp. 836—837

Conferences

Invited Lectures: 

  1. "The Ontological Interpretation of Compossibility" Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop; Michigan State University January 2015
  2. "Leibniz's Theory of Compossibility: Escaping from Spinoza's Precipice" Georgetown College September 2012
  3. "The Possibility of Possible Worlds: A Story of Radical Philosophers" Morehead State University February 2012
  4. "Locke's Second Treatise" Morehead State University October 2009

Presentations

  1. "Free Will and Moral Responsibility in Video Games"
    Science Fiction, Popular Cultures
    Kona, Hawaii September 2018
  2. "Can Leibniz's God Love Purely Possible Objects?"
    Society for Philosophy of Religion
    New Orleans, Louisiana March 2018
  3. "Leibniz and Impossible Ideas in the Divine Intellect"
    X International Leibniz Congress
    Hanover, Germany July 2016
  4. "Leibniz's Contemporary Modal Theodicy"
    Continuing Relevance of Leibniz, Franciscan University
    Steubenville, Ohio April 2016
  5. "Know Your Role: A Defense of Joel's Abandonment of Humanity in The Last of Us"
    Popular Culture Association
    Seattle, Washington March 2016
  6. "Leibniz's Stoic and Spinozistic Justification for Eternal Damnation"
    Society for Philosophy of Religion
    San Antonio, Texas February 2016
  7. "The Ontological Interpretation of Compossibility"
    Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop
    Michigan State University January 2015

Awards 


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


Email: jhorn@uwsp.edu
​Office: ​CCC 418
​Phone: ​715.346.2849
​Fax: ​715.346.4215
​Website: Dr. Horn's
Website​

Classes

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 302: Ethics and Medicine

PHIL 310:  Metaphysics

PHIL 315:  Philosophy of Law

PHIL 320:  Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 322: Symbolic Logic

PHIL 326:  17th & 18th Century Philosophy

PHIL 336:  Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 490: Capstone