|Associate Professor of Religion
Associate Director, Program in the History and Philosophy of Science
Departmental Area: Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy
Address: Department of Religion
Matthew Day (Ph.D., Brown 2003) teaches courses in the History of Religion and Science in the West, Theorizing the Academic Study of Religion, and the Philosophy of Religion. He is currently the Editor of Method & Theory in the Study of Religion.
- Cognitive Approaches to the Study of Religion
- History of the Anthropology of Religion
- History and Philosophy of Biology
- History of the Brain Sciences
“Reading the Fossils of Faith: Thomas Henry Huxley and the Evolutionary Subtext of the Synoptic Problem,” Church History. Volume 74, 3 (2005).
“The Undiscovered and Undiscoverable Essence: Species and Religion After Darwin,” Journal of Religion. Volume 85, 1 (January 2005): 58-82.
- “Religion, Off-Line Cognition and the Extended Mind,” Journal of Cognition and Culture. Volume 4, 1 (2004): 101-121.
- History of Religion and Science in the West
- Philosophy of Religion
- History of Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion
- Modern Religious Thought
- 19th and 20th Century Anglo-American Literature
Recent Graduate Seminars
- Empiricism Before Science
- The Historiography of Religion & Science: The Problem of “Revolution”
- Power, Knowledge and Control: Foucault and the History of the Social Sciences
- Freud and the Invention of the Modern Mind
REL3142 Religion: Self and Society Dr. Day
This course is structured around the principle that we should abandon the habit of treating some discourses or practices as being irreducibly distinct from mundane political and economic life. Rather, we must learn to recognize how the behaviors commonly identified as tokens of “religion” represent a form of politics that has been strategically represented as non-political in nature. Figures discussed will include John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J.S. Mill and Carl Schmidt.
RLG5937 Human Nature Dr. Day
Rather than addressing human nature per se, this graduate seminar examines a handful of particularly influential representations of “human nature.” Attention will be paid to the political implications of any and all attempts to anchor normative claims about how we should live in ontological portraits of what we are. Figures to be discussed include, but are not limited to: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Rousseau, Hegel, Darwin, and Marx.