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    Sarah Pessin (2008). The Influence of Islamic Thought on Maimonides. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Sarah Pessin (2008). The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Ancient Philosophy 28 (2):479-485.
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    Sarah Pessin (1999). Hebdomads: Boethius Meets the Neopythagoreans. Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (1):29-48.
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    Sarah Pessin (2003). Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment: Deciphering Scripture and Midrash in The Guide of the Perplexed (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (1):126-127.
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    Sarah Pessin (2015). The Function of Metaphor in Medieval Neoplatonism_ _, Written by Sarah Pessin. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 9 (2):249-252.
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    Sarah Pessin (2002). Matter, Metaphor, and Privative Pointing. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (1):75-88.
    This study shows how, in its overall ability to shed light on the vexing complexity of human being, Maimonides’ discourse on matter—treated via metaphors or seen as itself a metaphor—emerges as a venerable guide, pointing the careful reader to the most important truths about perfected humanity within the Guide of the Perplexed. After examining and harmonizing Maimonides’ dual metaphors of matter in this way, I show how metaphor as a literary form is itself an illustration of matter’s positive role in (...)
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    Sarah Pessin (2012). Thought-Spaces, Spiritual Practices and the Transformations of Ta’Wīl. Comparative Philosophy 3:41-47.
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    Sarah Pessin (2008). Saadya [Saadiah]. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  9. Sarah Pessin (2003). Between Mysticism and Philosophy: Sufi Language of Religious Experience in Judah Ha-Levi's "Kuzari"Diana Lobel. Speculum 78 (2):559-561.
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  10. Sarah Pessin (2003). Diana Lobel, Between Mysticism and Philosophy: Sufi Language of Religious Experience in Judah Ha-Levi's “Kuzari.” Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000. Pp. Xi, 277. [REVIEW] Speculum 78 (2):559-561.
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  11. Sarah Pessin (forthcoming). From Mystery to Laughter to Trembling Generosity: Agono-Pluralistic Ethics in Connolly V. Levinas. International Journal of Philosophical Studies:1-24.
    After considering core ‘interruptions’ of identity and justice in the post-secularist agonisms of Connolly and Levinas, I mine their views for core practical insights about the possibilities for theist-atheist respect. After considering Connolly on ‘content v. comportment’ and after exploring the virtue of mystery as part of a mystery/contestability/generosity triad, as well as Connolly’s, Levinas’, Nietzsche’s and Bergson’s levels of optimism and pessimism about theism, I end by pointing to cracks in Connolly’s path to pluralism, and I recommend that the (...)
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    Sarah Pessin (2013). Ibn Gabirol's Theology of Desire: Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism. Cambridge University Press.
    Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Text in context; 3. From human being to discourse on matter?: the three-fold quest for wisdom, goodness, and God - and the root of life in desire; 4. Root desire and the Empedoclean grounding element as love; 5. From Divine Will to Divine Irada : on the mistaken scholarly rejection of Ibn Gabirol's emanation; 6. Iradic Unfoldings: Ibn Gabirol's Hylomorphic Emanationism and the Neoplatonic Tripart Analysis; 7. Matter revisited; 8. Neoplatonic cosmo-ontology as apophatic (...)
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  13. Sarah Pessin (2012). On Glimpsing the Face of God in Maimonides: Wonder, "Hylomorphic Apophasis" and the Divine Prayer Shawl. Tópicos 42:75-106.
     
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  14. Sarah Pessin (forthcoming). Solomon Ibn Gabirol [Avicebron]. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available at Http://Plato. Stanford. Edu/Archives/Win2010/Entries/Ibn—Gabirol.
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  15. Sarah Pessin (2000). Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Universal Hylomorphism and the Psychic Imagination. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
    In this project, I offer an extended treatment of Gabirol's metaphysical doctrine of universal hylomorphism . My thesis is that, for Gabirol , matter signifies the most sublime moment of the Neoplatonic Intellect, and, by extension, the pre-determinate, essential existence which each thing has in virtue of its subsistence in said Intellect. My reading thus identifies matter with a grade of pure Being. Drawing upon Latin, Hebrew and Arabic Fons Vitae materials, I develop and support this thesis in light of (...)
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