Arts & Sciences Faculty
Howard Curzer, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, received the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Research Award—Humanities May 5, 2016, during the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Awards gala, held at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.
The Arts & Sciences Excellence in Research Award recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves and have achieved national or international recognition for their research or other creative activity—one award to a faculty member in each of the core disciplines of study in the College—Natural and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.
Curzer's research focuses on Aristotle's virtue ethics. It is a topic that has occupied his attention for more than 20 years, and during that time he has published dozens of articles about Aristotle and presented his research at numerous national and international conferences.
In 2012, his research culminated in the publication of a book titled, "Aristotle and the Virtues" (Oxford University Press). Reviews of the book have highlighted the depth of Curzer's insight about Aristotle's writings and the wide ranging nature of the book. What also stands out are the comments that describe his research as a practical guide to living. This theme is evident when looking closer at Curzer's research since he joined the faculty at Texas Tech. He has consistently worked to apply moral theory to practical, real-life problems that educators, doctors, scientists—all of us—face on a daily basis.