Dr. David Wagner




Adjunct Faculty in Philosophy







Philosophy: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment




Dr. Wagner is a post-doctoral assistant at the University of Vienna's Philosophy Department, responsible for the coordination of editorial projects in continental philosophy. In 2013, he received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Vienna with a dissertation on Charles Sanders Peirce's youthful interest in medieval philosophy, which was awarded the 2014 PhD prize of the faculty of philosophy for the best PhD thesis. Prior to receiving his Masters degree in philosophy in 2007 for a study of common themes in the works of Peirce and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dr. Wagner received a BA in commercial art from American International University in London and worked as an art director in various advertising agencies for many years.

From 2009 to 2013, he was University Assistant for the research platform “Tracing Wittgenstein” and studied Wittgenstein’s interest in literature and cinema. Since 2014 he has continually worked as a lecturer of philosophy and film theory at the University of Vienna. His current interests lie in film aesthetics, as well as the philosophy of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. 

Dr. Wagner is the co-editor, along with R. Heinrich, E. Nemeth and W. Pichler, of Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science and the Arts: Proceedings of the 33rd International Wittgenstein Symposium (Frankfurt: ontos, 2011). His most recent publications include: "Walton’s 'vivacity' and Cinematic Realism," in Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts. Proceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium, eds. S. Majetschak,. A. Weiberg (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017); "Peirce, Panofsky, and the Gothic," in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 48, No. 4 (2012); and "The Uses of Nonsense. Ludwig Wittgenstein reads Lewis Carroll," in Wittgenstein Studien 3/2012, eds. W. Lütterfels, S. Majetschak, R. Raatzsch, W. Vossenkuhl (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012).