"The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come to participating in its greatness."
Geoffrey Adelsberg received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.
His research focuses on the philosophy of race and racism and its contributions
to thinking about punishment and responsibility in the aftermath of traumatic
harms. In his research, he has evaluated the moral, social, legal, and political
claims of persons victimized by crime and sought to construct reparative
responses to those claims. His present work takes up the intersections and
contentions between Black and Jewish thought on reparation for historical and
He teaches courses in philosophy of race and racism, philosophy of punishment,
critical thinking, and ethics.
He is the co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass
Incarceration (Fordham University Press, 2015). His essay “U.S. Racism and
Derrida’s Theologico-Political Sovereignty” appeared in that volume. His recent
"Collective Forgiveness in the Context of Ongoing Harms" will be published in
Phenomenology and Forgiveness, ed. Marguerite La Caze (Rowman & Littlefield,