Hans Joas

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Hans Joas
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Hans Joas (2014)
Born (1948-11-27) November 27, 1948 (age 68)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Pragmatism
Main interests
Sociology

Hans Joas (born November 27, 1948 in Munich) is a German sociologist and social theorist.

Hans Joas is Ernst Troeltsch Professor[1] for the Sociology of Religion at the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 2011 until 2014 he was a Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS); from 2002 until 2011 he was the Director of the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. He is also Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Thought and a Member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Hans Joas is Ordinary Member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Non-resident Long-term Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala.

Life[edit]

  • 1968–1971 studying sociology, philosophy, history, German literature at the University of Munich
  • 1971–1972 studying the same disciplines at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1972 “Diploma” in sociology
  • 1973–1977 “Wissenschaftlicher Assistent” (Research and teaching fellow), Department of Sociology, Free University of Berlin
  • 1979 “Dr.phil.”
  • 1979–1983 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin (1980–1981 Visiting Professor, University of Tübingen)
  • 1981 “Habilitation”
  • 1984–1987 Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • 1985 (Spring quarter) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
  • 1986 (Summer quarter) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
  • 1987–1990 Professor of Sociology, University of Erlangen‐Nuremberg
  • 1990–2002 Professor of Sociology, Free University of Berlin
  • 1993–1995 Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Berlin
  • 1992 (Spring semester) Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and Visiting Professor, University of Uppsala
  • 1994 (Fall semester) Fellow, Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1996 (Fall semester) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • 1997 (Spring semester) Theodor Heuss Professor, Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York
  • 1998 (Spring semester) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Fall semester) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • 1999–2000 Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
  • since 2000 Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Member of the Committee on Social Thought
  • 2002–2011 Director, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany
  • 2002 (Fall semester) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2004–2005 Ernst Cassirer Professor, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2005–2006 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • 2007 (Spring semester) Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2010 (Spring semester) Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2011 (Spring semester) Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2011–2014 Permanent Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2014 (Spring semester) Fellow, Torgny Segerstedt Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • since 2014 Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2017 (Spring semester) Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, South Africa

In 2012 Joas was the first scholar to be Visiting Professor of the Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedikt XVI. Foundation at the University of Regensburg. The topic of his lectures was “Sacralization and Secularization”. Since November 2015 Joas is a member of the advisory board of the Federation of German Scientists (Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler e. V.).

Research[edit]

Hans Joas’ research focuses on social philosophy and sociological theory, mainly American Pragmatism and Historicism; the sociology of religion and the sociology of war and violence; as well as value change in modern societies. The emergence/formation of values is a core theme of Hans Joas’ work. He developed a theory of “Affirmative Genealogy” of values, especially with regard to human rights. According to Joas values originate in experiences of self-formation and self-transcendence. He developed a phenomenology of experiences of self-transcendence. Joas emphasizes that his account of the contingency of value-formation is not to be seen as a plea against the claims of a universalistic morality.

Academic awards[edit]

Books in English[edit]

  • George Herbert Mead. A Contemporary Re-examination of His Thought (MIT Press 1985, ISBN 978-0-262-10033-5).
  • Social Action and Human Nature (with Axel Honneth) (Cambridge University Press 1988, ISBN 978-0-521-33935-3).
  • Pragmatism and Social Theory (University of Chicago Press 1993, 978-0-226-40042-6).
  • The Creativity of Action (University of Chicago Press 1996, ISBN 978-0-226-40044-0).
  • The Genesis of Values (University of Chicago Press 2000, ISBN 978-0-226-40040-2).
  • War and Modernity (Blackwell 2003, ISBN 978-0-745-62644-4).
  • Social Theory (with Wolfgang Knoebl) (Cambridge University Press 2009, ISBN 978-0-521-87063-4).
  • Do We Need Religion? On the Experience of Self-Transcendence (Paradigm 2009, ISBN 978-1-594-51439-5).
  • War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present (with Wolfgang Knoebl) (Princeton University Press 2012, ISBN 978-0-691-15084-0).
  • The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights (Georgetown University Press 2012, ISBN 978-1-589-01969-0).
  • The Axial Age and Its Consequences (with Robert Bellah) (Harvard University Press 2012, ISBN 978-0-674-06649-6).
  • Faith as an Option: Possible Futures for Christianity (Stanford University Press 2014, ISBN 978-0804792776).
  • The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead (with Daniel R. Huebner) (University of Chicago Press 2016, ISBN 9780226376943).

Recent books in German[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Homepage Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Theology, Ernst-Troeltsch-Honorarprofessur, 11. August 2015
  2. ^ Universität Erfurt, Pressemitteilungen, Archiv, Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis Hans Joas, uni-erfurt.de, 11. August 2015.
  3. ^ Homepage University of Bielefeld, Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis Hans Joas, ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de, 11. August 2015.
  4. ^ University of Freiburg, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Mitteilungen Archiv, 11. August 2015.
  5. ^ University of Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Archiv, Presse, 11. August 2015.
  6. ^ University of Erfurt, Press, Doctor honoris causa of University of Tübingen for Hans Joas, uni-erfurt.de, 11. August 2015.
  7. ^ University of Tübingen, uni-tuebingen.de, 11. August 2015.
  8. ^ Doctor honoris causa of the University of Uppsala for Hans Joas, uni-erfurt.de, 11. August 2015.
  9. ^ Universität Freiburg, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Mitteilungen Archiv, frias.uni-freiburg.de, 11. August 2015.
  10. ^ "Honorary doctorates announced in social sciences - Uppsala University, Sweden". www.uu.se. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  11. ^ Homepage Hans-Kilian-Preis, hans-kilian-preis.de; retrieved, 21 February 2013
  12. ^ Homepage Hans Kilian and Lotte Köhler Centrum, Award, kilian-koehler-centrum.de, 11. August 2015.
  13. ^ Homepage University of Chicago, News, sociology.uchicago.edu. 11. August 2015
  14. ^ Homepage Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, News, Awards, Max Planck Research Award 2015, mpg.de, 11. August 2015
  15. ^ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, press-release, Max Planck Research Award 2015, www.humboldt-foundation.de, 11. August 2015

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