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Sociologist Hans Joas to Speak at Notre Dame

Author: Arts and Letters

Internationally known sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas, director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt in Germany, will present a lecture titled “The Axial Age Debate As Religious Discourse” at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

The lecture, which is open to all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College faculty, staff and students, is sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.

Since 2000, Joas has served as professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, where he also is a member of the Committee on Social Thought. Formerly a professor of sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Joas also previously taught at the Free University of Berlin and served as a visiting professor of sociology at several universities in Europe and the United States, including Duke University, the University of Toronto, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Vienna.

Joas’ work has been translated into English, French, German, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish, and his publications in English include: G.H. Mead: A Contemporary Re-examination of His Thought; Social Action and Human Nature; Pragmatism and Social Theory; The Creativity of Action; The Genesis of Values; War and Modernity; Do We Need Religion? On the Experience of Self-Transcendence; and Social Theory. His most recent book in German is Kriegsverdraengung, a history of social theorizing about war from Hobbes to the present.

NDIAS hosts scholars from around the world and supports research that extends beyond the analysis of particular problems to the examination of larger, often ethical, ultimate questions. The institute is one of the five strategic research investments that Notre Dame recently has funded through a multi-million-dollar commitment of internal financial resources.

Contact: Vittorio Hsle, Director, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study,

Originally published by Michael Lucien at on November 10, 2009.