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hartmut von sass

I am Professor for Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Zurich as well as Heisenberg Scholar at the Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University Berlin.

During the academic year '22-'23, I'm holding a visiting scholarship at the New School for Social Research, NYC.










Before that, I was teaching at the University of Zurich (2006-13) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (2014-19). I held visiting appointments at Claremont (CGU, '09), Oxford (Trinity, '12), Pasadena (Fuller, '14), and Berkeley (UC, '18). And before all that, I studied theology and philosophy in Goettingen, Edinburgh, and Berlin.

varia & obscura
board member. The New Journal for Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion has a new editor as well as a new editorial board.
The network "Religion and the Emotions" is funded by the DFG. Our kick-off had been last Oct at HU, the next meeting's this March.
New essay. My essay "Believing Atheistically" is out now with Matthes & Seitz - and will see its second edition already soon.
Interview on Swiss TV. Dec 15, 2022. On "Believing Atheistically - a contradiction?" (Sternstunde Philosophy with Barbara Bleisch).
new job. Together with Christine Abbt (U of Graz) I'll be serving as editor of Mohr Siebeck's new Essay Series Zur Sache.

most recent, selected publications

see for more:


  • (ed.) Perspektivismus. Neue Beiträge aus der Erkenntnistheorie, Hermeneutik und Ethik, Hamburg: Meiner, 2019.

  • (ed.) Between / Beyond / Hybrid. New Essays on Transdisciplinarity, Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2019.

  • (ed. with C. Abbt and D. Schoeller) Nachdenklichkeit, Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2020.

  • (ed. with R. Amesbury) Ethics After Wittgenstein: Contemplation and Critique, London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2021.

  • A Philosophy of Comparisons. Theory, Practice, and the Limits of Ethics, New York/London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

  • Depeche Mode. Jacob Taubes between Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (suppl. series, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. Vol. 32), Leiden: Brill, 2022 (with H. Kopp-Oberstebrink).

  • Atheistisch glauben. Ein theologischer Essay (Fröhliche Wissenschaften 208), Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2022, second edition 2023.



  • Beyond Hume: Demea. A Rehabilitation with Systematic Intent, in: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 86:1 (2019), 61-84.

  • The Postmetaphysical Trinity. Barth, Jüngel and the Transformation of the Doctrine of the Trinity (under review).

  • Orientation, Indexicality, and Comparisons, in: Journal for Transcendental Philosophy 1:2 (2020), 219-242.

  • Between the Times – and Sometimes Beyond. An Essay on Dialectic Theology and its Critique of Religion and ‚Religion’, in: Open Theology 6:1 (2020), 475-495.

  • The Curious Case of Normative Incomparability. Comparisons, Animals and the Quest for Adequacy, in: G. Hagberg (ed.), Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination, London/New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2021, 191-229.

  • Between Promise and Ecstasy. Hope as a Subject of an Engaged Theology, in: Modern Theology 37:4 (2021), 977-996.

  • Gott und seine Prädikate. Skizze eines revisionären Atheismus,“ Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 63:4 (2021), 429-454.


  • Katie Stockdale, Hope Under Oppression, Oxford 2021, in: Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 76:2 (2022), 304-307.

  • Michel Serres, Das Verbindende. Ein Essay über Religion, Berlin 2021, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 147 (2022).

  • Michael Roth, Die Ersten werden die Ersten sein. Überlegungen zu einer Ethik des Sports in theologischer Hinsicht, Leipzig 2021, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 147 (2022).

  • Marcia Pally, From This Broken Hill I Sing to You. God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonhard Cohen. London 2021, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 147 (2022).

  • Ulrik Nissen, The Polity of Christ. Studies on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Chalcedonian Christology and Ethics. London 2021, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 147 (2022).

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