Christian Hoeckley

Chris Hoeckley

Director of the Gaede Institute &
Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (805) 565-6158
Office Location: Gaede Institute

Office Hours

Philosophy of Science and Ethics of War

Chris spent his childhood gradually moving across the country from Central New Yok to Northern California. He graduated from Biola University (BA, humanities) and the Claremont Graduate School (PhD, philosophy).

Chris has been at Westmont for 15 years, where, in addition to teaching philosophy, he directs Westmont's Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and regularly leads off-campus programs with his wife, Westmont English professor, Cheri Larsen Hoeckley. Chris and Cheri have three daughters, all whom Chris successfully taught to drive a stick shift and parallel park.

Professional activities related to philosophy:

  • Editor of Liberal Arts, the journal of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts.
  • Organizer of the annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, the national conference of the Gaede Institute including, "Educating for Justice" and the most recent "War and Peace as Lberal Arts."

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethics of War
  • Philosophy of Religion

Courses Taught at Westmont

  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Logic
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Victorian Studies (team taught on England Semester)
  • Culture and Politics of the British Isle (team taught on England Semester)
  • Representing Europe: Nations, Peoples, Peace and Conflict (team taught on Europe Semester)
  • Minds, Machnes and Zombies (team taught)
  • World Civilization from 1500 to the Present ( team taught on Europe Semester)