Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Assistant Professor

Department : Philosophy

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Phone : 718-862-7205

Office : DLS 434


Ph.D. in Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

B.A. in Modern Culture and Media & History of Art and Architecture, Brown University 


Sarah Scott is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Manhattan College. A native San Franciscan, Dr. Scott earned her B.A. in Modern Culture and Media and the History of Art from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. She teaches and conducts research in ethics, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Recent and forthcoming publications include studies of Martin Buber’s appropriation of Nicholas of Cusa, his concept of personhood, his notion of grace, and the relation between his aesthetic concerns and moral philosophy. While at Manhattan College Dr. Scott has served as Co-Director of the Center for Ethics and as a faculty advisor for the Manhattan College Film Society. She is also actively involved in supporting the Lasallian mission of Manhattan College through research and student and faculty programming.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, 2012-Present.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, 2011-12.

Instructor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 2008-11.
Courses Taught: Ethics and Society; Self and Society; Moral Issues in Business; 19th Century Philosophy; Existentialism; Philosophic Issues in Literature; Philosophy of Beauty; Knowledge, Reality and Values.

Teaching Fellow, The New School (Eugene Lang College and The New School for General Studies), 2007, 2010-11. Courses Taught: Ethics, Modern Philosophy, Existentialism.

Publications & Professional Activities


  • “Knowing Otherness: Martin Buber’s Appropriation of Nicholas of Cusa.” International Philosophical Quarterly 55.4 (2015): 399–416. 
  • “An Unending Sphere of Relation: Martin Buber’s Conception of Personhood.” Forum Philosophicum 19.1 (2014): 5–25.
  • Translation: “On the History of the Problem of Individuation: Nicholas of Cusa and Jakob Böhme, by Martin Buber.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 33.2 (2012): 371-401.
  • “Buber.” The Continuum Companion to Existentialism. Ed. Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds and Ashley Woodward. London & New York: Continuum, 2011. 334-335.
  • “Martin Buber.” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,, June 2010.
  • Performance as Martin Buber for “Wish You Were Here” Series of Interviews with the Subjects of Andrew Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, The Jewish Museum, New York, October 22, 2015. See
  • “Imagination and Moral Judgment: A Defense of Buber's ‘Aestheticism,’” Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership & University of Chicago, October 18, 2015. See
  • “The Revolutionary Pedagogy of the Christian Brothers,” Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manhattan College, October 7, 2015.
  • Panelist (Philosophy of Dialogue, Applied Buber for the 21st Century) and Workshop Leader (Religious Dialogue), The Martin Buber Symposium, Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD, May 31, 2015.
  • “Imagining the Real: Almodóvar’s Talk to Her and Buber on Moral Relations,” Dialogue in the 21st Century: A Martin Buber Memorial Conference, Manhattan College, April 23, 2015. Conference Organizer.
  • “Civil Disobedience in King and Kant,” Civil Disobedience as a Core Concept Panel, Association for Core Texts and Courses Twenty-First Annual Conference, Plymouth, Massachusetts, April 11, 2015. Panel Organizer.
  • “Digital Memory and the Discovery of a New Human Right to be Forgotten,” Fourth Annual Conference of the Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network, Lund University, Sweden, December 6, 2014.
  • “Personhood in the Moral Philosophy of Martin Buber,” Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, Canada, May 25, 2014.
  • “Nicholas of Cusa’s Ethics of Individuation and Martin Buber’s Dialogic Philosophy,” American Cusanus Society, 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 8, 2014.
  • “Beyond Privacy: The New Human Rights of Memory,” Long Island Philosophical Society, Molloy College, April 26, 2014.
  • “The Influence of Nicholas of Cusa on Martin Buber,” 11th Annual International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference, Cardiff University, Wales, June 14, 2013.
  • “The Moral Significance of the Coincidence of Opposites in Nicholas of Cusa and Martin Buber,” Philosophy Workshop, The New School for Social Research, New York, December 16, 2010.
  • “Dialogic Subjectivity in Plato and Martin Buber,” Graduate Students’ Conference: Breaking Out of Subjectivity, CREOR (Centre for Research on Religion), McGill University, Canada, March 7, 2008.

Book Reviews:

  • Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution by Bruce T. Moran, Science & Society, April 2009 (Volume 73, No. 2).
  • Tolerance and the Ethical Life by Andrew Fiala, Metapsychology Online Reviews,, Feb. 3, 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 6).
  • The Moral Demands of Memory by Jeffrey Blustein, Metapsychology Online Reviews,, Sep. 9, 2008 (Volume 12, Issue 37).


  • Representative, Council for Faculty Affairs, 2016-Present.
  • Fellow, Manhattan College Center for Ethics, 2013-2014 & 2016-Present.
    Co-Director, Manhattan College Center for Ethics, 2014-2016.
  • Facilitator, College Core Identity Seminar, Manhattan College, 2014-Present.
  • Co-Developer and Faculty Advisor, Manhattan College Film Society, 2011-Present.
  • Fellow, Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, Saint Mary's College of California, June 28-July 11, 2015 & June 26-July 8, 2016. Three-year fellowship continues for two weeks during the summer of 2017.
  • Fellow, Collegium: Summer Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, June 20-27, 2014.


Courses Taught/Teaching

  • LLRN 102 Classical Origins of Western Culture
  • PHIL 150 Roots of the Modern Age: Philosophy
  • PHIL 201 Ethics
  • PHIL 228 Philosophy & Film
  • PHIL 301 / RLS 200 Faith & Reason
  • PHIL 311 Augustine
  • PHIL 334 Existentialism
  • PHIL 399 Special Topics in Philosophy: Great Women Philosophers