Dr. John Huss

Dr. John Huss

Title: Professor and Chair
Dept/Program: Philosophy
Office: CAS 456
Phone: 330-972-8023
Fax: 330-972-5505
Email: jh76@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Professional interests: 

  • Philosophy of Science,
  • Applied Ethics,
  • Philosophy of Medicine,
  • Philosophy & Popular Culture


My areas of specialization include philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, ethics, and philosophy of popular culture.  I am especially interested in philosophical implications of metagenomics and microbiome research, as well as philosophical issues raised by attempts to reconstruct the geologic and evolutionary past. 


Huss, J. 2018. “La paléontologie: distancer le temps.” In Christophe Bouton & Philippe Huneman (eds.), Temps de la nature, nature du temps. Paris: CNRS Editions. p. 239-266.

Huss, J. 2017c. “Fecal Transplant Bioethics: Beyond Chicken Little.” The American Journal of Bioethics, 17 (5): 48-50.

Huss, J. 2017b.  “Evolution, intuitions, and institutions in the ethics of Peter Singer.” Chapter 16 in Etyka o Współczesności. Współczesność w Etyce [Ethics of Contemporary Life, Contemporary Life of Ethics].  Edited by Dorota Sepczyńska, Marek Jawor, and Andrzej Stoiński. Olsztyn, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie, p. 151-167.

Huss, J. 2017a. “Paleontology: Outrunning Time,” Chapter 9 in The Time of Nature: The Nature of Time (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science). Edited by Christophe Bouton and Philippe Huneman.  Heidelberg: Springer, p. 217-243.

Huss, J.  2014a. “Methodology and Ontology in Microbiome Research.”  Biological Theory [Thematic issue: Ecosystems or Organisms?] 9 (3): 1-9.

Huss, J. 2014b. “Popular Culture and Philosophy: Rules of Engagement.” Essays in Philosophy 15: 19-32. 

Huss, J. 2014c. “Philosophy of Biology: Genetic Reductionism and Behavioral Genetics.” Bioethics, 4th Edition. Edited by Bruce Jennings. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference.

Rollin, Bernard with J. Huss. 2013. “Planet of the Apes and Scientific Ideology.” Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike.  Edited by John Huss. Chicago: Open Court (2013).

Huss, J. 2013. “Serkis Act.” Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike.  Edited by John Huss. Chicago: Open Court (2013).

Callier, S., Huss, J., and E. Juengst. 2010. “GINA and Pre-Employment Criminal Background Checks.” Hastings Center Report 40 (1): 15-19.

Juengst, E. and J. Huss. 2009.  “From Metagenomics to the Metagenome: New Images of the Human from ‘Translational’ Genomic Research.” Genomics, Society, and Policy 5 (3): 1-19.

Huss, J. 2009. “The Shape of Evolution: The MBL Model and Clade Shape.” The Paleobiological Revolution.  Edited by Michael Ruse and David Sepkoski.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 326-345. 

Huss, J. 2008. “Johnny Cash and Justice.” Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth.  Edited by John Huss and David Werther.  Chicago: Open Court, p. 183-195. 

Huss, J. 2006. “David Hume and Monty Python on Religion.” Monty Python and Philosophy.  Edited by Gary Hardcastle and George Reisch.  Chicago: Open Court, p. 141-151.


Ph.D., Conceptual Foundations of Science, The University of Chicago
M.S., Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago
B.S., Geology, Beloit College