David Levy

Associate Professor & Chair Of Philosophy
Welles 107B; Doty 303B

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 Teaching in 2015, and the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement in 2010.

Portrait of David Levy

Office Hours, Spring 2018

Mon/Wed 10:00-11:00
Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:30
Or 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


  • "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 237: Ethical Issues in Business

    This course will introduce students to the central role of ethics in the conduct of business organizations and the people who administer them. Students will learn to identify ethical issues in business and to analyze them from the perspective of several philosophical moral traditions. We will consider ethical issues concerning both the overall economic system and the specific business areas of management, accounting, finance, and marketing. Students will be required to perform analyses of both philosophical readings and recent case-studies from the business world.

  • PHIL 340: Theory of Knowledge

    An examination of fundamental epistemological concepts, including those of knowledge, necessary truth, universals, rational belief, and perception. Prerequisites: Two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. Offered every spring