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Sarah Pessin is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, where she joined the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Judaic Studies in Fall 2004. Director of the Center for Judaic Studies since Fall 2009, Sarah works on various topics in Jewish and Islamic philosophy, mysticism, and poetry, Neoplatonisms, medieval philosophy, comparative philosophies of religion, as well as on topics in health and healing and cross-cultural dialogue. She is interested in the nature of the sacred and its relation to inter-human engagement and response.
Medieval and Modern Jewish Philosophy; Neoplatonisms (including the transmission of texts from Greek into Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin medieval traditions); comparative Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Medieval Philosophy; Post-Holocaust Theology
I think a lot about the nature of the sacred, the nature of the self, and the nature of ethical response. Currently, I am interested in questions about intercultural charity and the methodological implications of "failures of charity" in various canonical tellings of the history of philosophy.
PDF file of an essay originally published online in 2011 in volume 2 of the University of Toronto's Journal of Jewish Thought