Hans Joas

  • Under the spell of freedom?
  • Religion, Freedom and Morality according to Hegel and Nietzsche
  • Geist Heidelberg, Lecture

How do religion and political freedom relate to each other?
In modern, secular societies, faith and religion are sometimes dismissed as relics of the past. Alongside criticism of religious institutions, however, we also raise the question: What function can faith assume in a free society?

For Hans Joas, religions and ideas of freedom are closely interwoven. In his new book Im Bannkreis der Freiheit – Religionstheorie nach Hegel und Nietzsche the social philosopher and sociologist of religion interprets more than twenty theories of religion. He elaborates that based on a new interpretation of the concept of history and freedom a different perspective has developed in the religious thinking of the 20th century.

Prof. Dr. Hans Joas teaches at HU Berlin and at the University of Chicago. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his research, including the Max Planck Research Prize in 2015.

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