Moral Universalism: Human Ethos and World Domination - LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

Admission is free of charge. The event will take place in compliance with the Covid-regulations in effect at the time. Please register via our homepage. Unfortunately, participation in the events is not possible without prior registration. The lectures will be held in German.


June 28th, 2022, 6:30 p.m.             

Moral Universalism: Thoughts on its Emergence and Development
University of Augsburg, Building H (Law), Lecture Hall 1009


June 30th, 2022, 6:30 p.m.             

Christianity between racism and the struggle against it: Martin Luther King
S-Forum of the City Library Augsburg, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1, 86150 Augsburg

July 5th, 2022, 6.30 p.m.

Anti-colonial resistance and religious vision: Mahatma Gandhi

Rococo Hall of the Government of Swabia, Fronhof 10, 86152 Augsburg


Workshop series for Master's and PhD students
July 6th, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

University of Augsburg, Building D, Room 2056


Hans Joas

is a sociologist and social philosopher. Since 2014, he has been holding the Ernst Troeltsch Honorary Professorship for the Sociology of Religion at the Faculty of Theology at Humboldt University in Berlin. He was awarded his doctorate in 1979 with a thesis on "Practical Intersubjectivity: The Development of the Work of George Herbert Mead" at the FU Berlin, where he also habilitated. In 1987, he accepted an appointment at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. From there, he moved to the professorship for Sociology and North American Studies at the FU Berlin in 1990. In 2002, Hans Joas took over the Max-Weber-Professorship and thus the direction of the Max Weber College for Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. From 2011 to 2014, Joas was a Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). He has also been Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Thought at the University of Chicago since 2000. Visiting professorships have also brought him to other US universities, Canada, Austria, Sweden and South Africa. His research focuses on the history of the emergence and change of moral values, the sociology of religion and the sociology of war and violence. He has received many awards, including the Bielefeld Science Prize, the Werner-Heisenberg-Medal, the Hans-Kilian-Prize, the Max-Planck-Research Prize and the Prix Paul Ricoeur. Hans Joas' work has been translated into many languages and is highly acclaimed. The most recent publications by Hans Joas are: "Die Macht des Heiligen. Eine Alternative zur Geschichte von der Entzauberung" (2017), "Friedensprojekt Europa?" (2020), "Im Bannkreis der Freiheit. Religionstheorie nach Hegel und Nietzsche" (2020) and "Warum Kirche? Selbstoptimierung oder Glaubensgemeinschaft" (2022).