Darcy Otto

Arts and Humanities Tutor (Philosophy and Classics); Mathematics Tutor (Logic and Computer Science)


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BA, University of Toronto
MA, McMaster University
PhD, McMaster University

Darcy teaches an exceptionally wide breadth of courses and has taught in three of Quest’s five divisions. He holds appointments in both Math and Arts & Humanities, and has emphases on Computer Science, Philosophy, Classics, and Logic. Darcy has received multiple teaching awards, and was recognised as one of the top instructors in McMaster University’s prestigious Arts & Science program. At Quest, he is the coordinator of Cornerstone, which is the first course that students take at Quest and which introduces students to the value of the liberal arts. He created one of Quest’s signature overseas field courses, Classics in the Aegean, which exposes students to the literature, philosophy, art, and architecture of the classical world. He also teaches Latin and Ancient Greek.

Darcy is currently finishing his book, The Promise of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing, forthcoming with Princeton University Press. In Logic and Computer science, he has created software programs to help scholars and students prove theorems. In Classics and Philosophy, Darcy is the editor of An Annotated Plato Reader, which offers essays about, and translations of, several Platonic dialogues, annotated with details about people, places, and cultural landscapes. He has produced an original translation of Socrates’ speech in Plato’s Symposium and published articles about Plato’s metaphysics. Darcy also holds advanced levels in classical performance and composition (piano) from the Royal Conservatory.
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