Joined USJ: 2001
Dr. Agnes Curry was drawn to the subject of philosophy as a youth when she took a required logic class in college. She was surprised to enjoy it. Later, after majoring in music, she studied more philosophy after her experiences as a musician made her wonder why people find things like music so important, and how art conveys meaning. "One goes into philosophy for complex reasons. But on a personal level, it's because there is an unsatisfied question there."
Dr. Curry encourages students to examine philosophical questions as they arise in their ordinary lives, and to notice how philosophy colors everything we do, from eating to watching television. Seeing how philosophy is all around us then makes it worthwhile to study how various philosophers throughout history have raised and answered thought-provoking questions in their writings. "I have a strong appreciation for the history of philosophy, and for the interrelations between questions about morality, politics, art, reality and knowledge." It is this sort of personal approach that makes philosophy applicable and relevant. The satisfying result, according to Dr. Curry, is when "students learn that their insights have philosophical importance, while at the same time they learn how to make distinctions crucial for careful, systematic consideration of issues."
Among Dr. Curry's areas of interest is the fast-evolving field of environmental ethics. Questions such as: "What kinds of relationship do humans have to the natural world?" and "What responsibilities do we bear to it?" are becoming increasingly pertinent in the 21st century. Dr. Curry feels fortunate to be teaching at University of Saint Joseph. She observes, "I took the position here because of my commitments to feminism and social justice. I am particularly intrigued by the chance to introduce philosophy to students in an institution dedicated to developing the potential of women and serving many first-generation college students."
Ph.D., Philosophy, Fordham University
M.A., Philosophy, Fordham University
B.M., Piano, Benedictine College
B.A., Philosophy, Benedictine College