Director of the Core Program
B.A., St. John's College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University.
William Day writes primarily on Wittgenstein, Cavell, and topics in aesthetics (improvisation, music, film). He is contributing co-editor (with Victor J. Krebs) of a volume on Wittgenstein's aspect-seeing remarks, Seeing Wittgenstein Anew (Cambridge UP). Other publications include articles and book chapters on Emerson, the Neo-Confucian thinker Wang Yangming, and moral perfectionism. He teaches courses in the philosophy of art, American philosophy, theory of knowledge, the philosophy of language, and the experience of time.
- “Words Fail Me. (Stanley Cavell's Life out of Music).” In Inheriting Stanley Cavell: Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Edited by David LaRocca. Bloomsbury, 2020, 187-97.
- “Art and Baseball, Like and Unlike.” Review of Serious Larks: The Philosophy of Ted Cohen, edited by Daniel Herwitz. American Book Review 40, no. 5 (2019): 12-13.
- “The Aesthetic Dimension of Wittgenstein's Later Writings.” In Wittgenstein on Aesthetic Understanding. Edited by Garry L. Hagberg. Philosophers in Depth. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 3-29.
- “The Ecstasy of Time Travel in Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” In The Philosophy of Documentary Film: Image, Sound, Fiction, Truth. Edited by David LaRocca. Philosophy of Popular Culture. Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, 209-24.
William Day's CV
William Day at Academia.edu
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