Hans Joas

Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes in Theoretical and Historical Social Science
and Religious Studies, SCAS.
Ernst Troeltsch Professor, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Professor of Sociology and Social Thought, University of Chicago


Hans Joas received his Ph.D. from Freie Universität Berlin in 1979 for a study on George Herbert
Mead. The English edition is called G. H. Mead: A Contemporary Re-examination of His Thought
(mit Press, 1985, 1997). Some of Joas’ other books in English are Social Action and Human
Nature
, written with Axel Honneth (Cambridge University Press, 1988); Pragmatism and Social
Theory
(The University of Chicago Press, 1993); The Creativity of Action (The University of
Chicago Press, 1996); The Genesis of Values (The University of Chicago Press, 2000); War and
Modernity
(Polity Press, 2003); and Do We Need Religion? On Experiences of Self-Transcendence
(Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Joas published two books with Wolfgang Knoebl, Social Theory: Twenty Introductory Lectures
(Cambridge University Press, 2009) and War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present (Princeton
University Press, 2013). He has also edited several volumes, including The Cultural Values of
Europe
(Liverpool University Press, 2008); Secularization and the World Religions (Liverpool Univer-
sity Press, 2009); The Axial Age and Its Consequences (with Robert Bellah, Harvard University Press,
2013) and The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead (with Daniel R. Huebner, University of Chicago
Press, 2016). His latest books in English are The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of
Human Rights
(Georgetown University Press, 2013) and Faith as an Option: Possible Futures for
Christianity
(Stanford University Press, 2014). In German he recently published Was ist die Achsen
zeit? Eine wissenschaftliche Debatte als Diskurs über Transzendenz
(Schwabe Verlag Basel, 2014);
Die lange Nacht der Trauer: Erzählen als Weg aus der Gewalt? (Psychosozial-Verlag Gießen, 2014), 
Sind die Menschenrechte westlich?
(Kösel-Verlag München, 2015) and Kirche als Moralagentur?
(Kösel-Verlag, München, 2016).

Joas is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. In 2010, he received
the Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis (Niklas Luhmann Prize); in 2012, an honorary doctorate in Theology
from Universität Tübingen; in 2013, an honorary doctorate in Sociology from Uppsala University and
the Hans Kilian Award; and in 2015 the Max Planck Research Award.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.