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David LaRocca was educated at Buffalo, Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and Harvard

(B.A., Hon., ΦΒΚ, M.A., M.T.S., Ph.D.), where he studied philosophy, film, rhetoric, and religion. At Harvard, he worked with Stanley Cavell and Giuliana Bruno, and edited Stanley Cavell’s Emerson’s Transcendental Etudes (Stanford University Press). He served as Harvard’s Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellow in the United Kingdom, participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute and in The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. In recent years, he taught film theory, history, and analysis in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University, the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, value theory and film as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the College at Cortland (where he was recipient of a Teaching Innovation Award), and fulfilled an appointment as Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at Cornell University, which culminated with the publication of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Transcendental Thought: From Antiquity to the Anthropocene.


LaRocca has edited four books on film and media: The Thought of Stanley Cavell and Cinema: Turning Anew to the Ontology of Film a Half-Century after The World Viewed, The Philosophy of Charlie KaufmanThe Philosophy of War Films, and The Philosophy of Documentary Film: Image, Sound, Fiction, Truth—and has authored, edited, or coedited a half-dozen more volumes. He guest edited a commemorative issue of Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies. Journal articles have appeared in Afterimage, Epoché, Liminalities, TransactionsFilm and PhilosophyThe Senses and Society, The Midwest QuarterlyJournalism, Media and Cultural StudiesThe Journal of Aesthetic Education, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. He has contributed book chapters on Michael Mann, Spike Lee, the Coen brothers, Tim Burton, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Casey Affleck, Christopher Nolan, and Sofia Coppola, among others. He wrote the introduction to Takashi Homma’s New Waves and the afterword to Julian Hibbard’s Schematics. As a documentary filmmaker, he produced and edited six features in The Intellectual Portrait Series, directed Brunello Cucinelli: A New Philosophy of Clothes, and co-directed New York Photographer: Jill Freedman in the City. He participated in a cinema workshop with Abbas Kiarostami and attended Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.

Portrait by Philip Burke

Portrait by John Opera