Nick VanHorn holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the Humanities with a concentration in Philosophy from Towson University, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy and English from Mount St. Mary’s University. His academic interests include the history of ideas, existentialism, contemporary philosophy, ethics and political philosophy, and literary criticism. The thinkers with which he is most familiar are Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and Aristotle. Specifically, some of the themes he explores are death and dying; alienation, disillusionment, and nihilism; theories of the good life; philosophy of religion; and the intersection between philosophy, paradox, and poetry. More recently, he has been focused on the topics of moral reasoning, virtue ethics, embodiment, and the ethics of care. Professionally, his research has been focused on fostering critical thinking in a sustained, varied, and interdisciplinary way that extends beyond the traditional classroom and semester, with an emphasis on building a community of engaged learners who collaborate over the course of an entire calendar year. He views teaching philosophy and ethics as a vocation, not just a career. He also believes that philosophy and ethics should be taught at every level of education, and the fact that it is not explains a lot about our current society. Outside of school, he prefers to spend his time in the company of his wife and daughter, who share a house in Baltimore County.