sarahpessin@sarahpessin.com

Late Ancient / Medieval

[For my recent work in phenomenology and politics, click here]

Books

• Author of Ibn Gabirol’s Theology of Desire: Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

For more details & 2 podcast interviews on the book click here.

• Editor of “The Jewish Tradition” (including curation of materials, new translations from Arabic and Latin, and English prefaces per thinker) in Medieval Philosophy: A Multicultural Reader, edited by Bruce V. Foltz, with foreword by Bernard McGinn, Part 4, pp. 367-530. London, New York, Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic, April 2019.

Videos

Some forthcoming medieval publications:

“Bonomythy in a Greco-Jewish Key: Pause, Prayer, and Paradox in Plotinus and Levinas,” special issue of Modern Theology journal, “Constructive Jewish Theology,” ed. Stephen Kepnes

“Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” co-authored with Peter Adamson, for The Routledge Companion to Jewish Philosophy, eds. Ty Goldschmidt and Daniel Rynhold. New York; London: Routledge.

“Jewish Emanationisms,” Oxford Handbook of Jewish Philosophy, eds. Paul Franks and Yitzhak Melamed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“Ibn Gabirol,” Jewish Virtue Ethics, edited by Geoffrey Claussen, Alexander Green, Alan Mittleman. Albany: SUNY Press.

“When a Part is not a Part?: Emanationist Mereology (or from Mereology to Boundary Marking) in Ibn Gabirol,” forthcoming in On What There Was: Parts and Wholes, edited by Andrew Arlig. Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

“Chains, Trees, and the Spirit-to-Body Boundary: Substance, Spiritual Matter, and the Principle of Matter as Higher Cause in Ibn Gabirol,” in Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy, eds. Nicola Polloni, Marienza Benedetto, and Federico Dal Bo. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Some recent medieval publications:

“Emanationist Powers: Plotinus, Theology of Aristotle, and Ibn Gabirol,” in Oxford Philosophical Concepts: Powers, ed. Julia Jorati, 56-81. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Ibn Gabirol,” for The Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (December 2021)

“Maimonides,” for The Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (December 2021)

“Ibn Gabirol’s Fons Vitae: A Summary Translation,” original translation from Latin and Arabic of key passages from across all five books of Ibn Gabirol’s Fountain of Life with introduction, in “Part 4: The Jewish Tradition,” ed. Sarah Pessin in Medieval Philosophy: A Multicultural Reader, edited by Bruce V. Foltz, with foreword by Bernard McGinn, 409-26. London, New York, Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

“Soul, Will, and Choice in Islamic and Jewish Contexts,” in Philosophy of Mind in the Early and High Middle Ages (6 vols.), Vol. 2: The History of the Philosophy of Mind, edited by Margaret Cameron, ch. 5 (31 pages); Series Editors, Rebecca Copenhaver and Christopher Shields. London: Routledge, 2018.

“Kenosis, Charity, Love: On the Mystical Element in Greco-Judeo-Islamic Thought,” English Language Notes (special issue on mysticism, edited by Nan Goodman), 56 (1), April 2018: 139-152.

“Ibn Gabirol’s Emanationism: On the Plotinian (v. Augustinian) Theology of “Divine Irāda”,” in Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Intellectual Traditions, edited by Nicola Polloni and Alexander Fidora, 1-18. (Barcelona and Rome: Federation Internationale des Instituts D’Études Medievales / TEMA (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge), 2017.

“Khoric Apophasis: Matter and Messianicity in Islamo-Judeo-Greek Neoplatonism,” in Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity, ed. Michael Fagenblat, 180-197. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

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