Steve Horton

Class Year



New Lenox, Ill.


Philosophy, History

Steven Horton chose to major in philosophy because of his desire to learn more about the deeper meaning of being human.

“Philosophical conversations are when I think most people really think about themselves as humans, what it means to be human, how to live their lives,” he said. “It’s the most interesting thing to think about. Therefore, I want to learn as much as I can about it. I want to understand my life, why I’m here, why anything is here. I guess I want wisdom, but will I ever attain it?”

Steve appreciates the small classes at Carthage, which allow for great one-on-one time with his professors. 

“Class sizes this semester in my philosophy classes are 4, 8 and 12 people,” he said. “Plus, I have really gotten to know professors. Once they have taken an interest in me, they are great resources for help with a text — not to mention the interesting friendship.”

“Philosophical conversations are when I think most people really think about themselves as humans, what it means to be human, how to live their lives.”

Steve Horton, ’11

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“He’s more in the Political Science Department, but Paul Kirkland. He wrote a book called ‘Nietzsche’s Noble Aims’ and his intricate understanding of Nietzsche has helped me on so many levels when reading Nietzsche. I’m so glad to be taking a class with him. And he’s so dedicated. He even came to student-run Philosophy Club meetings second semester last year once a week to lead talks on Nietzsche.”

Favorite class

“Existential Thinkers, because I really enjoy reading Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus and all those guys.”

Toughest class

“Contemporary Political Theory. It’s cross listed as a class in Philosophy and in Political Science. Prof. Kirkland teaches it, and he’s a great professor, but he’s a tough grader, which is a good thing. I have read more in that class, and I have written more really hard writing than in any other class. But I’ve learned more also.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I started the Stand-Up Comedy Club here at Carthage, and recently, I have been booked at gigs all around the Kenosha area. It’s been so much fun beginning in the art form with the help of the fellow comedians at Carthage. We put on shows here once in a while and it’s always a blast. The Merely Players Improv Comedy troupe is also fantastic. I am in that as well.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The lake.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Some people tell you not to do it because it’s not practical. That might be true, but it’s still awesome. Maybe consider doing a double major, like I am doing. Major in something practical and then major in philosophy. You can still say it’s a great major because it teaches you how to think. I expect most employers would agree.”