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 primary research interests are ancient Greek philosophy, computational logic, and the intersection of these two disciplines. He teaches a range of courses in philosophy, classics, ancient languages, mathematical logic, and theoretical computer science. 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 Greek world. Darcy has received several teaching awards, and was recognised as one of the top instructors in McMaster University’s prestigious Arts & Science program.

His work in classics and philosophy led Darcy 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 the logic underpinning Plato’s metaphysics.In computational logic, Darcy has created a pair of computer programs intended to help researchers and students develop proofs in logic. He is currently working on a book, The Promise of Quantum Computation and Artificial Intelligence, under contract with Princeton University Press. It examines the theoretical and practical limits of computation, and investigates the effect of recent developments in quantum computation and machine learning on those limits.
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