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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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--