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Steven W. Horst

Professor of Philosophy

Russell House, 207A

Professor, Science and Technology Studies

Coordinator, Christianity Studies


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BA Boston University
PHD University of Notre Dame

Steven W. Horst

Steven Horst works in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, semantics, cognitive science of religion, and moral psychology.  His books include Cognitive Pluralism (MIT 2016), Laws, Mind, and Free Will (MIT 2011), and Beyond Reduction (Oxford 2007).  In 2017-18 was an NEH Public Scholar while working on a book entitled Exorcising Laplace's Demon, which explores the question of whether the sciences threaten humanistic and theistic assumptions such as free will, intrinsic worth and dignity, and a God who acts in the world.

Steven Horst received his BA from Boston University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1990.  He has taught at Wesleyan since 1990, and has served as Department Chair and Director of Pedagogical Renewal.  He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Adaptive Systems at Boston University, the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, and Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information.

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