Steven Horst, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Philosophy
    Wesleyan University
    Middletown, CT 06459

About Me:

I am currently Chair of Philosophy at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where I have taught since 1990. I have also been a visiting scholar at the Center for Adaptive Systems at Boston University (1993), Princeton University (1997) and Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Informatin (1998).

My research began in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and has branched out into metaphysics and the interface between philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, particularly the implications for philosophy of mind of the assumptions we make about the nature of laws and explanation. I am currently finishing off projects critiquing reductive naturalism and examining the nature of laws in psychology and the natural sciences. The new projects involve articulating a view called "Cognitive Pluralism" and working on an account of concepts that does justice to work on concepts in several scientific disciplines: notably, developmental psychology, cognitive ethology and neural modeling.

I have also taken an interest in moral psychology in recent years, broadly construed as the intersection of theoretical models of the mind/soul/self, ethics and techniques of therapy or self-actualization. The main focus of this has been in a course called "Moral Psychology: Care of the Soul", but I have also published an article called "Our Animal Bodies" which I hope to develop into a book for a broad readership when time permits.

Within Wesleyan, I helped found the course cluster in Christian Studies, and have been involved in activities exploring how best to study and teach about Christianity within a pluralistic university. I also spent two years as Wesleyan's Director of Pedagogical Renewal.

Outside Wesleyan, I play cello, and have been involved in Irish music for almost 20 years. (See links below.) I am also founder of an academic software company, IntelliGents, LLC, the makers of NoteWorthy Virtual Notecards(tm).

Research Links:


  • Project Descriptions and CV
  • Writing Online

Other Personal Links:

  • Celtic Cello and Irish Music
  • Software Developer
IntelliGents, LLC, maker of NoteWorthy Virtual Notecards
  • Other
Philosophical Cartoon that inspired me to go into philosophy

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Last Updated 8/31/2005