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David Hayes

PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
David Hayes received his B.A. in English from Kenyon College in 1992 and his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago with a dissertation on Early Greek Lyric Poetry. He came to Bard College Berlin as a fellow in 2005.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin
Core courses
  • Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors (coordinator 2008, 2009)
  • Forms of Love
  • Property
  • Innocence and Experience
  • Objectivity and Self-Knowledge
  • Character
Electives and Foundational Modules
  • Short Dialogues of Plato
  • The Odyssey
  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Comedies of Remarriage
  • Poetry and Philosophy
  • Tragic Character
  • Huckleberry Finn
Coordinator of the 2010 Annual Conference: The Translator

General Teaching Interests:
Greek philosophy and literature, poetry

  • “Piety as a Virtue,” The Journal of Value Inquiry (2020). Co-authored with Jeremy Schwartz. 
  • “In Praise of Lameness: A Response to William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep,” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2019)
  • "The Iliad now," The New Criterion (September, 2015)
  • "Against critical thinking pedagogy," Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2015)
  • "When BS Is a Virtue," The Chronicle of Higher Education (2014)
  • Three Translations of Theognis: "Not Even Zeus," "Those Wings of Yours," "Decline," The Utopian (2010-11)

Dr. David Hayes
Greek Philosophy and Literature
Phone: +49 30 43733 203
Email: d.hayes[at]berlin.bard.edu