Justin Skirry, PhD

Contact Information

Justin Skirry, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Philosophy & Religion Department
Philosophy & Religion
Office location

Old Main 206


(402) 465-2125

Twitter @JustinSkirry


Dr. Skirry began teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2006 after having taught at Emory University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, and Saint Xavier University at Chicago.


Ph.D in Philosophy from Purdue University (2003): His doctoral dissertation provided a new interpretation of Descartes' theory of how the immaterial mind is united to the body to form a whole and complete human being.

M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University (1998): His masters thesis was on the philosophical connection between the metaphysics of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce and medieval, Scottish philosopher John Duns Scotus.

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from San Francisco State University (1991). His undergraduate thesis was on citizen involvement in crime prevention.

Courses taught

Introduction to Philosophy


Business Ethics



Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Science

Medieval Philosophy

Modern Philosophy


Research and academic interests

Dr. Skirry's research interests focus on Early Modern Philosophy (ca. 1600-1780) with a particular emphasis on the metaphysics of Descartes (1596-1650) and its relation to the later Medieval, scholastic philosophical tradition. He also has much broader interests in the history of philosophy.

Dr. Skirry has published two books. The first is entitled, Descartes and the Metaphysics of Human Nature, while the second is Descartes: A Guide for the Perplexed. Both are published by Bloomsbury. Dr. Skirry has also published articles in several journals including Journal of the History of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, among others.

Service interests

Dr. Skirry has served NWU in a variety of capacities. He has been a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Assessment Committee. He served on the Faculty Evaluation Committee and the Faculty Affairs Committee. Dr. Skirry chaired both the Assessment and the Faculty Evaluation Committees. He is currently chair of the NWU-IRB.

Dr. Skirry is currently in the Peer Review Corps of the Higher Learning Commission.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

American Philosophical Association

British Society for the History of Philosophy

Higher Learning Commission, Peer Review Corps