The School of Arts and Sciences
Full Name: David Horkott
Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., M.A., Wheaton College, M.A., Ph.D., University of Dallas.
Dr. David Horkott has always been fascinated by the universe and curious about life.
In 1977 he took his first philosophy class with C. Stephen Evans at Wheaton College,
where lectures on Kierkegaard convinced him that devotion to philosophy would make
his faith more meaningful. While at Wheaton, he studied the history of philosophy
and ethics with Arthur Holmes; in 1985 he earned an M.A. in Systematic Theology studying
under Walter A. Elwell. After theology, he returned to philosophy and earned a doctorate
in an interdisciplinary program with a concentration in philosophy at the University
of Dallas. Dr. Horkott spent the next ten years in Texas, studying continental philosophy
and aesthetics with Robert E. Wood and Dennis L. Sepper. His dissertation, completed
in 2001, focused on Nietzsche’s critique of western culture as it appears in On the
Genealogy of Morals. In the Untimely Meditations, Nietzsche wrote, “Let the youthful
soul look back on life with the question: what have you truly loved up to now, what
has drawn your soul aloft, what has mastered it and at the same time blessed it?”
David agrees with Nietzsche’s sentiments; our nature is not buried deep within us--our
true nature lies in something immeasurably high above us.