hartmut von sass


I am Professor for Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion 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
new job. Together with Christine Abbt (U of Graz) I'll be serving as editor of Mohr Siebeck's new Essay Series Zur Sache - starting VERY SOON.
The network "Religion and the Emotions" is funded by the German Research Council. Our kick-off will be held at Humboldt U in Berlin in Oct.!
New volume, co-edited with Herbert Kopp, on Jacob Taubes' philosophy of religion, called Depeche Mode, out now with Brill.
interview on Swiss TV. 14.3. 2021: "Hoffnung in der Krise" (Talk with Amira Hafner-Al Jabaji. Sternstunde Religion. Online Access).
new job. Since June 2020 I am serving as one of the editors of Mohr Siebeck's series Religion in Philosophy and Theology.

most recent, selected publications

see for more: academia.com.


  • (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.



  • 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).