David Bronstein


Associate Professor


Department of Philosophy
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I joined the department at Georgetown in the Fall of 2012. I previously held positions at Boston University (as an Assistant Professor) and Oxford University (as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy and a lecturer at Balliol College).

I'm originally from Montreal, where (like Leonard Cohen) I graduated from Westmount High School. I then studied Classics and Contemporary Studies at the University of King's College and Dalhousie University in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. I did my PhD in the Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto, under the excellent supervision of Jennifer Whiting.

I work on ancient philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle. I gravitate towards issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science, but I also maintain lively interests in ethics. I'm particularly fond of studying difficult texts--hence my book (forthcoming in 2016 with Oxford University Press): Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning: The Posterior Analytics. In it I argue that the Posterior Analytics, often thought to be an overly difficult and ultimately unsatisfying work, is coherently, even elegantly, structured around two closely connected themes of enduring philosophical interest: knowledge and learning. I have now begun work on a second book project, tentatively entitled Aristotle on Essence and Explanation, on some of the connections between Aristotle's theory and practice of science.

Under the 'Publications' tab above I've linked to PDFs of my main published articles.


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