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.

"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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