Professor David Roochnik, Ph.D.

Professor David Roochnik
  • Boston University
  • Pennsylvania State University
What if you were hurled into a time warp and came face to face with the Ancient Greeks? The Greeks invented trigonometry. They did autopsies and dissections. What could you tell an Ancient Greek that he couldn't say, 'Big deal.'?
Dr. David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, where he teaches in both the Department of Philosophy and the Core Curriculum, an undergraduate program in the humanities. He completed his undergraduate work at Trinity College, where he majored in philosophy, and earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Roochnik was awarded Boston University's Gitner Award in 1997 for excellence in teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and the 1999 Metcalf Prize for campus-wide teaching excellence. He is the author of two books on Plato, The Tragedy of Reason: Toward a Platonic Conception of Logos and Of Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of TECHNE. He has also published over 30 articles on a wide range of subjects in classical Greek philosophy and literature.
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"Professor Roochnik certainly belongs among The Great Courses' outstanding professors. He is extremely lucid & his pace of delivery perfect. Please make as many courses as posssible with him."

 

"Prof. Roochnik is an extraordinary teacher; after listening to many many accounts of Plato's theory of the forms, he made it clear to me. He is a superb lecturer."

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9 Courses and Sets

  1. Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    Introduction to Greek Philosophy

    David Roochnik
    4.7 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (52)
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    Professor David Roochnik is your host and moderator for Western civilization’s greatest debate. What is reality? What are ethics, justice, and happiness? How shall we best live our lives? More than 2,000 years later, the issues the ancient Greeks pondered continue to challenge, fascinate, and instruct us.
  2. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  3. Plato's Republic Sale

    Plato's Republic

    David Roochnik
    4.7 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (50)
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    Explore why Plato’s Republic, more than 2,000 years after its appearance, remains astonishingly relevant in its own right as it addresses questions such as: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Is censorship of music and literature ever justifiable? And, perhaps most of all, what is justice itself?
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90
  6. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  7. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  8. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  9. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.