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Joshua P. Hochschild, Ph.D.

Joshua Hochschild


Department of Philosophy

Bradley Hall
Room 308A

+ (301) 447-5502

Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 2005 after teaching for four years at Wheaton College (Illinois). He taught full-time in the Department of Philosophy until 2009, when he received tenure and was named the inaugural Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, a position he held until fall 2015. In 2016 he was promoted to full professor.

Courses taught include Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Plato’s Later Dialogues, Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Virtue Ethics, Political Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and Love and Friendship.

Hochschild’s primary interest is medieval logic and metaphysics, but he has published and lectured on a variety of subjects including the history of ethics, Catholic social thought, urban planning, natural law, globalization, and John Henry Newman.

In 2003 he received the Young Scholar’s Award from the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and in 2004 he gave the Annual Aquinas Lecture at Emory University. In 2008, he was a lecturer for the Blackfriars Aquinas Seminar in Oxford.

Hochschild is a founding member of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics and serves on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He serves on the editorial board of Anamnesis: A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’.

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (2001)
M.A., University of Notre Dame (1997)
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.

Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, History of Philosophy


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

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

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

Translation: Mental Language: From Plato to Ockham (with Mereditth Ziebart; a translation of Claude Panaccio, Le Discourse Intérieur de Platon à Guillaume d’Ockham, 1999). (forthcoming from Fordham University Press.)


Substance Made Manifest: Metaphysical and Semantic Implications of the Doctrine of Transubstantiation,” in Saint Anselm Journal (forthcoming).

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, forthcoming).

“Subsidiarity and Natural Law,” in Natural Law Today, ed. Christopher Wolfe and Steven Brust (forthcoming).

Mental Language in Aquinas? in Gyula Klima, ed., Intentionality, Cognition and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy (Fordham University Press, forthcoming).

“Proportionality and Divine Naming: Did St. Thomas Change His Mind about Analogy?” The Thomist 77 (2013): 531-558.

“Form, Essence, Soul: Distinguishing Principles of Thomistic Metaphysics,” in Nikolaj Zunic, ed., Distinctions of Being: Philosophical Approaches to Reality (American Maritain Association/Catholic University of America Press, 2013), pp. 21-35.

“Natural Law: Thomas Aquinas and the Role of Reason in Social Order,” in David Matzko McCarthy, ed., The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: It’s Origins and Contemporary Significance (Brazos Press, 2009), pp. 113-123.

“Cajetan on Scotus on Univocity,” Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 7 (2007): 32-42. (Volume republished as Medieval Metaphysics, or is it “Just Semantics,” ed. Gyula Klima and Alex W. Hall (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). Article appears on pp. 41-54.)

“Kenny and Aquinas on Individual Essences,” Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 6 (2006): 45-56. (Volume republished as Medieval Scepticism and the Claim to Metaphysical Knowledge, ed. Gyula Klima and Alex W. Hall (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). Article appears on pp. 63-78.)

“The Rest of Cajetan’s Analogy Theory: De Nominum Analogia chapters 4-11,” International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (2005): 341-356.

“Cajetan, Cardinal,” in Donald M. Borchert, ed., Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Second Edition (MacMillan, 2005), vol. 2, pp. 6-7.

“George Berkeley and a Theory of Analogy,” Downside Review 122 (2004): 157-168.

“Analogy, Semantics, and Hermeneutics: The ‘Concept vs. Judgment’ Critique of Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia,” Medieval Philosophy and Theology 11 (2003): 241-260.

“Did Aquinas Answer Cajetan’s Question? Aquinas’s Semantic Rules for Analogy and the Interpretation of De Nominum Analogia,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77 (2003): 273-288.

“The Principle of Subsidiarity and the Agrarian Ideal,” in Faith, Morality, and Civil Society, ed. Dale McConkey and Peter Augustine Lawler (Lexington Books, 2003), pp. 41-68. Reprinted in Faith and Reason 27 (2002): 117-155.

“Porphyry, Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas: A Neoplatonic Hierarchy of Virtues and Two Christian Appropriations,” in Medieval Philosophy and the Classical Tradition in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, ed. John Inglis (Curzon Press, Richmond, Surrey, 2002), pp. 245-259.

“Words, Concepts, and Things: Cajetan on the Subject of the Categories,” Dionysius 19 (2001): 159-166.

“A Note on Cajetan’s Theological Semantics,” Sapientia 54 (1999): 367-376.