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Le Moyne College Hosts Lecture on Cavell and Redemptive Reading

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … William Day, associate professor of philosophy at Le Moyne, will speak on “Cavell and Redemptive Reading” on Thurs., Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall. In his talk, Day will address American philosopher Stanley Cavell's thoughts about literary interpretation and the work of reading, offering as one example a reading of a climactic moment in Cavell's philosophical autobiography “Excerpts from Memory” that Cavell labeled “the moment at which I realized that my father hated me or . . . wished I did not exist.”

The lecture is part of Cavelleria Siracusa, an intermittent series during the 2009-10 academic year on the work of the renowned philosopher and author. Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University, and has published widely for over 50 years on topics and crosscurrents in Wittgenstein and Austin, Emerson and Thoreau, music and opera, Shakespeare, film, psychoanalysis and autobiography. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and past president of the American Philosophical Association. His philosophical autobiography, “Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory,” will be published by Stanford University Press in 2010.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the departments of philosophy and English. The Cavelleria Siracusa series is supported by a generous grant from the J. P. Watson Fund. For more information about the series, visit http://www.lemoyne.edu/philosophy.

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posted on: 1/22/2010