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Joshua P. Hochschild

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Joshua P. Hochschild studied philosophy at Yale University (B.A., 1994), and pursued graduate work in medieval philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.  He received his Ph.D. in 2001 for his dissertation, “The Semantics of Analogy according to Thomas De Vio Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia.”  A revision of the dissertation, with a translation of Cajetan’s treatise on analogy, is under contract for publication by the University of Notre Dame Press.


He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Maryland), where he teaches undergraduates and seminary students.  From 2001-2005 he was assistant professor at Wheaton College (Illinois), where his courses included “Ancient and Medieval Philosophy,” “Plato’s Later Dialogues,” “Aristotle’s Metaphysics,” “Virtue Ethics,” “Political Philosophy,” and “Thomas Aquinas.” 


His primary interest is medieval logic and metaphysics, but he has published on the history of ethics, Catholic social thought, and John Henry Newman, and is currently working on a translation of Claude Panaccio’s Le Discourse Intérieur de Platon à Guillaume d’Ockham (1999), a study of theories of “mental language” in ancient and medieval philosophy.


He is a founding member and co-manager of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics.  He has published articles in International Philosophical Quarterly, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Downside Review, Dionysius, and Sapientia.  In 2003 he won the Young Scholar’s Award from the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and in 2004 he gave the Annual Aquinas Lecture at Emory University.