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Joshua P. Hochschild, Ph.D.

Joshua Hochschild


Department of Philosophy

Bradley Hall
Room 308A

+ (301) 447-5502

Dr. Hochschild came to Mount St. Mary’s in 2005, and served as the inaugural Dean of its College of Liberal Arts 2009-2015. He currently directs the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program. In addition to scholarly publications in medieval philosophy and the history of ethics and social thought, his essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in First Things, The Wall Street Journal, Commonweal, and Modern Age. He is also co-author of a practical guide to spiritual discipline, A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction.

Dr. Hochschild is active in organizations promoting liberal education and has recorded several podcast lectures for the Thomistic Institute. For 2020-2021 he was President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (2001)
  • B.A., Yale University (1994)
  • Lecturer, Blackfriars Aquinas Seminar, Oxford, February 2008.
  • Annual Aquinas Philosophy Lecturer, Emory University, 2004.
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association Young Scholar’s Award, 2003.
  • Translation grant from the Université du Québec à Montréal, 2004, to translate Claude Panaccio’s Le Discours Intérieur.
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Medieval Logic
  • Social Thought


A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction (co-authored with Christopher O. Blum), Sophia Institute Press, 2017.

Mental Language: From Plato to Ockham (translation, with Meredith Ziebart, of Claude Panaccio, Le Discourse Intérieur de Platon à Guillaume d’Ockham, 1999), Fordham University Press, 2017.

The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.

Virtue’s End: God in the Moral Philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas (edited, with Fulvio Di Blasi and Jeffrey Langan), St. Augustine’s Press, 2008.

Ethics Without God? The Divine in Contemporary Moral and Political Thought (edited, with Fulvio Di Blasi and Jeffrey Langan), St. Augustine’s Press, 2008.

Selected Articles

“Piety without Metaphysics: The Moral Pedagogy of Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion,” Urbaniana University Journal 73.3 (2020): 73-99.

“Magister Ludi: Thomas Aquinas and the Role of Logic in Theology,” Hungarian Philosophical Review 64.4 (2020): 43-62.

“Aquinas’s Two Concepts of Analogy and a Complex Semantics for Naming the Simple God,” The Thomist 83.2 (April 2019): 155-184.

“Cajetan’s ‘On the Analogy of Names,’” in Benjamin Hill, Henrik Lagerlund and Robert Stainton, eds., Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language (Springer, 2017), 419-420.

“Mental Language in Aquinas?” in Gyula Klima, ed., Intentionality, Cognition and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy (Fordham University Press, 2015), pp. 19-45.

“Substance Made Manifest: Metaphysical and Semantic Implications of the Doctrine of Transubstantiation,” Saint Anselm Journal 9.2 (Spring 2014).

“Proportionality and Divine Naming: Did St. Thomas Change His Mind about Analogy?” The Thomist 77.4 (2013): 531-558.

Selected Essays

“Race & Anti-fragility: Wendell Berry’s ‘The Hidden Wound’ at Fifty,” Commonweal, web essay, August 5, 2020.

“The Therapy of Symbols,” review of Walker Percy, Symbol and Existence, in Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture and Science, 2020, Issue 1, pp. 45-49.

“Taleb the Philosopher,” review essay of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Incerto collection, First Things, February 2019, 49-52.