Christoph Horn


Christoph Horn is Professor and Chair of Practical Philosophy and Ancient Philosophy at the University of Bonn. His work focuses on ancient philosophy and contemporary practical philosophy, he is particularly interested in the writings of Plato, Aristotle and Kant. His systematic interest lies mainly in contemporary moral philosophy, political philosophy and the theory of action. In his monographs, he dealt with Plotinus, Augustine and the ancient art of living. Two of his works are “Einführung in die Moralphilosophie” (2018) and “Nichtideale Normativität: Ein neuer Blick auf Kants politische Philosophie” (2014). From 2003 to 2004, Christoph Horn was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, and from 2008 to 2009 he was a Senior Fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (FIPH). He is also the editor of the journals “Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie” and “Gnomon”. At THE NEW INSTITUTE he will take part in the programme “The Foundations of Value and Values".

Selected Publications

  • "Einführung in die Moralphilosophie”, Verlag Karl Alber, 2018
  • "Nichtideale Normativität: Ein neuer Blick auf Kants politische Philosophie”, Suhrkamp, 2014
  • Co-Writer of "Space in Hellenistic Philosophy Critical Studies in Ancient Physics”, De Gruyter, 2014
  • Editor of "Aristotle's Metaphysics Lambda – New Essays”, De Gruyter, 2016
  • Co-Editor of "Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature”, Oxford University Press, 2012


What gives you hope?

The ability of human beings to come up with different ways of living together and to orient themselves to new rules. We need a radical change towards sustainability, and according to my observations, many people are up for it.

How does change happen?

No major social change can be achieved without state and supranational regulations. In addition, the free market can also be trusted with a lot, as the idea of trading emission certificates shows. Perhaps the most important level, however, is the personal change of mindset: here one can learn a lot from ancient virtue ethics and its revised versions.

What is human?

It seems to me that the typical human element lies in the ability to adapt to external circumstances. Humans are biologically underspecified so that they can arrange themselves with changing contextual conditions. This is an ability that is particularly demanded of them in the age of crises, but also comes to their aid.


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