David Levy

Associate Professor & Chair Of Philosophy
Welles 107B

David Levy has been a full-time member of the Geneseo faculty since 2005 (though he started teaching on a part-time basis in 1997). He is a former co-Director of the Edgar Fellows (Honors) Program. He received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2020, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, and the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement in 2010.

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Office Hours, Spring 2023

Professor Levy is on sabbatical during the Spring 2023 semester. For Department concerns, please contact Professor Roth (rothal@geneseo.edu) or Melinda Skinner (skinnerm@geneseo.edu).

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo (1994)

  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester (2005)


  • American Philosophical Association

  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • International Plato Society

  • International Society for Socratic Studies

  • Public Philosophy Network

  • PLATO: Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization

  • Society for Business Ethics

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • "Socrates vs. Callicles: Examination and Ridicule in Plato's Gorgias," Plato 13 (2013), 27-36.

  • "Techne and the Problem of Socratic Philosophy in the Gorgias," Apeiron 38, 4 (December 2005), 185-227.

  • "Accounting Ethics Education: Where Do We Go From Here?" (co-authored with Mark Mitschow), Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting 13 (2008), 134-154.

  • "'I Paid for This Microphone!' The Importance of Shareholder Theory in (Teaching) Business Ethics" (co-authored with Mark Mitschow), Libertarian Papers 1, 25 (2009).


Ancient Greek Philosophy
Business Ethics
Contemporary Analytic Epistemology

Research Interests

Dr. Levy's primary research interest is in Ancient Greek Philosophy, with a particular focus on Plato's understanding of proper philosophical method and its relation to moral development. He also maintains an active research program in business ethics.


  • PHIL 130: Ethics

    An introductory course aimed at the improvement of moral reasoning. Analysis and assessment of contemporary examples are stressed.

  • PHIL 440: Theory of Knowledge

    An examination of fundamental epistemological concepts, and especially of contemporary analytic philosophical approaches to them. Topics include the analysis of empirical knowledge, the nature and structure of justification, the internalism/externalism debate, the role of testimony in knowledge, and skepticism about the external world. We will also consider several meta-epistemological issues.