David O'Connor

David O'Connor


Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-6226
E-Mail: doconnor@nd.edu

Office: 332 Malloy  
Office Hours: by appointment


Ph.D., Stanford.

Areas of Interest

Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Literature


Selected Bibliography

  • "Leo Strauss's Aristotle and Martin Heidegger's Politics," in Aristotle and Modern Politics, edited by Aristide Tessitore (2002)
  • "The Seductions of Socrates," First Things (2001)
  • "Socrates and Political Ambition: The Dangerous Game" in Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (1998)

Additional Information:

David O'Connor is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Associate Professor of Classics. His main teaching and research interests are in ancient philosophy, ethics and political philosophy, and philosophy and literature. Professor O'Connor recently edited and introduced The Symposium of Plato: The Shelley Translation, and is working on the relationship between skepticism and Platonism in Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Butler Yeats, and Wallace Stevens. Professor O'Connor regularly teaches in the undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and in the Philosophy and Literature program. His recent graduate courses: "Aristotle'sNicomachean Ethics and Politics," "Interpretation in Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Gadamer," "Nietzsche and the Greeks," "Shakespeare and the Origins of Philosophy," "Socrates and the Fall of Athens," "Moral Perfection and the Exemplary Sage." 


  • The Symposium of Plato: The Shelley Translation, edited and introduced by David K. O'Connor (2002)
  • Essays on the Foundations of Aristotelian Political Science, edited by Carnes Lord and David K. O'Connor (1991)