Justin Skirry

Faculty/Staff profile

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Phone: 
(402) 465-2125
Office: 
Old Main 206
Background: 

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.

Education: 

Dr. Skirry received his Ph.D in Philosophy from Purdue University (2003), and an M.A. in Philosophy (1998) as well as a B.A. in Social Science (1991) from San Francisco State University.

Courses taught: 

Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Business Ethics, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Social-Political Philosophy, Philosophies of Race and Gender, Liberal Arts Seminars on the Portrayal of Evil in Literature and on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and a graduate seminar on Race and Gender in 20th Century American Sports in the Historical Studies program

Courses taught at other universities include: Philosophy of Human Nature, Critical Thinking, Symbolic Logic, and a graduate seminar on Early Modern Rationalism at Emory University

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. His other interests include Medieval Philosophy, the Philosophies of G.E. Moore and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ethics, Social-Political Philosophy, and Existentialism.

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 Continuum Press. 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.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

American Philosophical Association
American Catholic Philosophical Association
British Society for the History of Philosophy

Dr. Skirry won the 2001 Young Scholars Award presented by the American Catholic Philosophical Association