Sarah Scott

Associate Professor, Philosophy

I teach and conduct research in ethics and the history of philosophy. I am broadly interested in figures that stand outside of or mix traditional disciplines, movements, and genres. I take philosophy to be about the creation of concepts, methodologies, and modes of expression, and find in the history of philosophy inspiration for the creative reimagining of current philosophic ideas and expression. I am the editor of the forthcoming collection Martin Buber: Creaturely Life and Social Form, and have published studies of Buber’s appropriation of Nicholas of Cusa, his concepts of personhood and grace, and the relation between his aesthetic concerns and his moral philosophy. I also work in the history of women philosophers, and have a forthcoming article on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. In my teaching and research I aim to expand our understanding of what philosophy has been and who has been a philosopher, in order to open future doors.

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.” (Hannah Arendt)


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

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

Courses Taught

  • LLRN 102 Classical Origins of Western Culture
  • PHIL 150 Roots of the Modern Age: Philosophy
  • PHIL 201 Ethics
  • PHIL 210 / RELS 200 Faith & Reason
  • PHIL 228 Philosophy & Film
  • PHIL 311 Augustine
  • PHIL 316 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 334 Existentialism
  • PHIL 335 20th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 352 Philosophers on Sex, Love, and Friendship
  • PHIL 399 Special Topics: Great Women Philosophers
  • PHIL 410 Majors' Seminar: Hannah Arendt
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Edited Book

    • Forthcoming: Martin Buber: Creaturely Life and Social Form. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022.

    Chapters and Journal Articles

    • Forthcoming: “Monologue Disguised as Dialogue: Almodóvar’s Talk to Her and Buber on the ‘Lover’s Talk.’” In Martin Buber: Creaturely Life and Social Form, ed. Sarah Scott. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022.
    • Forthcoming: “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: The Primacy of Virtue and Rhetoric.” In Teaching Women Philosophers, ed. Ruth Hagengruber. Springer, 2022.
    • “A Lasallian Response to Rape Culture.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 11, no. 1 (2020): 129-155. Co-authored with Jordan Pascoe.
    • “Martin Buber’s Notion of Grace as a Defense of Religious Anarchism.” In Essays on Anarchism and Religion: Volume III, ed. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Mathew Adams. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2020. 189-222.
    • “From Genius to Taste: Martin Buber’s Aestheticism.” The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 25, no. 1 (2017): 110-130. Reprinted in Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy, ed. Sam Berrin Shonkoff. Boston: Brill, 2018. 151-170.
    • “Knowing Otherness: Martin Buber’s Appropriation of Nicholas of Cusa.” International Philosophical Quarterly 55, no. 4 (2015): 399-416.
    • “An Unending Sphere of Relation: Martin Buber’s Conception of Personhood.” Forum Philosophicum 19, no. 1 (2014): 5-25.

    Reference Articles
    • Translation: “On the History of the Problem of Individuation: Nicholas of Cusa and Jakob Böhme, by Martin Buber.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 33, no. 2 (2012): 371-401.
    • “Buber.” In The Continuum Companion to Existentialism, ed. Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds, and Ashley Woodward. London & New York: Continuum, 2011. 334-335.
    • “Martin Buber.” In The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,, June 2010.
    Conference Papers and Invited Talks
    • “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: The Right of Women to Philosophize, the Limitations of Reason, and the Use of Silence,” Libori Summer School: Teaching Women Philosophers, Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn University, Germany, July 30, 2019.
    • “The Lasallian Mission Responds to Rape Culture,” 6th International Symposium on Lasallian Research, Minneapolis, MN, September 25, 2017.
    • “The Preconditions for and Limitations of Dialogue: Martin Buber on Torture, Lovemaking and Mental Illness,” Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, University of Glasgow, Scotland, September 10, 2016.
    • 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. For a video of the performance 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. For a video of the talk see
    • 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.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Instructor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 2008-11.

    Teaching Fellow, The New School (Eugene Lang College and The New School for General Studies), 2007, 2010-11.

  • Other

    Administrative and Extracurricular Service

    • Chair of the Philosophy Department, Manhattan College, 2021–Present.
    • College Curriculum Committee, Manhattan College, 2020–21.
    • Council for Faculty Affairs, Manhattan College, 2016–2019.
    • Chaperone, Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.), Rostro de Cristo, Ecuador, January 1-9, 2017.
    • Co-Director, Manhattan College Center for Ethics, 2014–2016.
    • Co-Developer and Faculty Advisor, Manhattan College Film Society, 2011–2016.

    Mission Related Activities

    • Faculty Coordinator and Facilitator, Faculty College Core Identity Seminar (CCIS), Manhattan College, 2014–2017.
    • Facilitator and Participant, Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy: Indivisa Manent, Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center, Minneapolis, MN, July 31–August 2, 2017.
    • Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, Manhattan College, June 25-July 7, 2017 and Saint Mary's College of California, June 26-July 8, 2016 and June 28-July 10, 2015.
    • DENA Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy: Together and by Association, San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, New Jersey, January 24-25, 2016.
    • Presentation: “The Revolutionary Pedagogy of the Christian Brothers,” Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manhattan College, October 7, 2015.
    • Rummery Retreat: Deepening Our Understanding of How We Bring to Life the Lasallian Heritage, Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, New Jersey, June 4-5, 2015.
    • Collegium: Summer Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, June 20-27, 2014.