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David Levy

Associate Professor & Chair Of Philosophy
Welles 107B
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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.

Office Hours, Spring 2022

Monday 9:00-11:00

Wednesday 9:00-11:00

Also by appointment

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

  • Society for Business Ethics

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Public Philosophy Network

  • PLATO: Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization


  • "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.


  • HONR 101: The Nature of Inquiry

    An examination of proposed standards for the evaluation of progress in inquiry. The course focuses on the concepts of knowledge, meaning, truth, and evidence and on classic texts addressing these topics, such as those of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Prerequisites: Admission into the honors program.

  • PHIL 300: Ancient Philosophy

    An examination of the fundamental ideas of Western civilization against the Greek background that produced them. Original texts in translation are read. Selections from the works of such philosophers as Parmenides, Heraclitus, Democritus, Plato, and Aristotle are read, discussed, and evaluated.