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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 as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University; and as Visiting Lecturer in 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 a half-dozen books on film and media: Metacinema, Movies with Stanley Cavell in Mind, 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 Kaufman, The 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, including Inheriting Stanley Cavell: Memories, Dreams, Reflections.


He guest edited a commemorative issue of Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies, No. 7, “Acknowledging Stanley Cavell.” Journal articles have appeared in Afterimage, Epoché, Estetica, Liminalities, Post Script, Transactions, Film and Philosophy, The Senses and Society, The Midwest Quarterly, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Cinema: The Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. He has contributed book chapters or articles on, among others, Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, Sofia Coppola, Casey Affleck, Kelly Reichardt, Errol Morris, Rithy Panh, Martin Arnold, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier, Douglas Sirk, Spike Lee, Joel and Ethan Coen, David Cronenberg, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, and Charlie Kaufman. 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 codirected 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.