After receiving an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University, David Leslie received his PhD from Yale in 2010. While pursuing his graduate studies at Yale, David taught for six years at the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. Before returning to EP&E this fall, he spent the past five years as a faculty member of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University, where he received over a dozen teaching awards including the 2014 Stanley Hoffman Prize for Teaching Excellence, which is the highest teaching honor in Social Studies and is awarded to only one faculty member each academic year.
David’s research and writing interests range from probing the normative foundation of social theory and exploring the interstices of the philosophies of language, mind, and communication to interrogating the theoretical foundations of artificial intelligence. In addition to his current courses on the social and ethical impacts of emerging technologies and on intergenerational justice, he has taught extensively in the philosophies and methodologies of the social sciences. Most recently, his article, “Machine Intelligence and the Ethical Grammar of Computability,” was published in Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence, a volume in Springer-Verlag’s Synthese Library Series in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science.
Professor Leslie will teach Classics of Ethics, Politics and Economics, Intergenerational Perspectives on Social Justice and Ethics, Politics and Economics in an Age of Extinction Risk this academic year.