January 31, 2019
Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
Location: Robertson Hall 227, *reception to follow in Randall Hall 212
Stephan Fuchs received his M.A. in History in 1985 from Bremen University, and then received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Riverside in 1989. From 1989 until 1991, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, and then moved to the University of Virginia, where he is now Professor of Sociology. His main interests are in social theory, sociology of culture and science, and complex organizations.
Title: "Hegel's Relational Ontology"
Current interest in merging systems and network theories of society stand to benefit from an account of Hegel's relational ontology, which thinks the worlding of the modern world as a relation between Subject and Object (Luhmann: System and Environment). "Hegel" is the end of the beginning (of Western metaphysics), and the beginning of the end (of modernity). Thinking dialectically means to think the unity of this difference.