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’s academic focus is ancient Greek philosophy, classics, and logic. He teaches a range of courses in philosophy, classics (including ancient languages), and mathematical logic. He also leads one of Quest’s major overseas field courses, Classics in the Aegean, which exposes students to the literature, philosophy, art, and architecture of the classical world. Darcy has received multiple teaching awards, and was recognised as one of the top instructors in McMaster University’s prestigious Arts & Science program. He is the coordinator of Cornerstone, which is the first course students take at Quest and which introduces students to the value of the liberal arts.

Darcy’s work in classics and philosophy led him to edit An Annotated Reader, which offers essays about, and translations of, several Platonic dialogues, annotated with details about the people, places, and cultural landscapes of the dialogues. He has also produced a translation of Socrates’ speech in Plato’s Symposium and published several articles about Plato’s metaphysics. In logic, Darcy has created a pair of computer programs intended to help researchers and students develop proofs in logic. He is currently completing the final draft of his new book, The Origins and Promise of Computation, under contract with Princeton University Press.
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