David Nowakowski began studying ancient philosophies and classical languages in 2001, and has continued ever since. A scholar of the philosophical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, and North Africa) and of the Indian subcontinent, he reads Sanskrit, Latin, and classical Greek. David was an Exchange Scholar in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, and a student in the South Asian Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 2014.

David’s work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Philosophy East & West, Asian Philosophy, and the Journal of Indian Philosophy; as well as in presentations to academic audiences at Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and elsewhere.

After half a decade teaching at liberal arts colleges in the northeast, David chose to leave the academy in order to focus his energies on the transformative value of these ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions in his own life and practice, and on building systems of education and community learning that will make this rich heritage alive and available to people of all ages and backgrounds. He serves as a Philosophical Advisor for Merlin CCC, and Senior Mentor for scholars in the Merlin Fellowship Program.