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Nov 06

Hans Joas Human Dignity Lecture

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 7-8:30 p.m.

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Hans Joas, Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Professor of Sociology and Member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will give the next lecture in the Murphy Institute’s Human Dignity series which brings together prominent thinkers in fields such as philosophy, theology, and law to rigorously explore just what it means for humans to possess dignity.

Joas has taught at many institutions, most recently in Berlin, and has published several books on social theory, most notably The Creativity of Action. Joas' work has focused primarily on reconstructing the tradition of American pragmatism, defending its philosophical interest and explicating its significance for social theory. He was the Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt from 2002-2011 and served as the Vice-President of the International Sociological Association from 2006-2010.

Lecturers in the Human Dignity series to date have been Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University; Gilbert Meilaender, Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg Chair in Theological Ethics at Valparaiso University; David Luban, University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University Law Center and the Acting Director of the Center on National Security and the Law; and Paolo Carozza, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Director of Notre Dame’s J.S.D. program in International Human Rights Law as well as the Program on Law and Human Development.

The long-term goal for this series is to assemble a set of six or eight lectures, delivered at the University of St. Thomas over several years, into one volume that can serve as a resource for those interested in a strenuous investigation and defense of human dignity.