Sarah Pessin

Professor of Philosophy & Interfaith Chair • Department of Philosophy & Center for Judaic Studies • University of Denver

Hate & Protect

In a “Politics of Responsibility” you have to protect people whose ideas you hate…

Levinas’ pause

A project in progress on phenomenologies of pardon and pause; read more about current Levinasian projects.


Roles include Interfaith Chair & Team Leader for DU’s Religious Inclusivity initiative and instigator of the “Interfaith Your Calendar” project!

Ibn Gabirol book

Read about Ibn Gabirol’s Theology of Desire (Cambridge 2013)


[some light numerological bibliomancy]

Medieval Videos

Some narrated explorations of cosmo-ontology in a Greco-Judeo-Islamic key.

Recent Research

Some recent, current, and forthcoming work.

Social Action Site

DU’s Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site aims to foster inclusivity & equity.

Interview on History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Episode 156 on Jewish Neoplatonism (30 mins, audio, 2013)

Interview on Colorado Public Radio

Discussion of “Hate & Protect” Project (13 mins, audio, 2018)

Blog post for Cambridge U Press

On why Neoplatonic cosmo-ontology is not “invisible topography” or a search for “invisible Kansases” (2013)

Interview on Ibn Gabirol book

On the New Books in Philosophy podcast (1 hr, 14 min, audio, 2014)

Featured in AAC&U Cover Story on Interfaith in Higher Ed

(Nov 2019)

On Stage at Buntport Theater

[Repeat offender in the Great Debate, The Narrators, and other comedic formats!]

Mellon, IFYC, AACU, CIC Grantee

Interfaith Chair and Team Leader for Religious Inclusivity project @ DU with multiple recent interfaith grants.