Brent Sockness

sockness@stanford.edu
bldg 70 rm 72b
650.723.4051

My teaching covers a variety of thinkers, movements, and topics in the history of European and North American religious thought since the seventeenth century and explores the way in which the Christian religion has undergone modernization via its engagement with the rise of modern philosophy, the natural sciences, critical history, and liberal political institutions. My research focuses on German post-Kantian theology and ethics, in particular the thought of the early nineteenth-century theologian, philosopher, and humanist Friedrich Schleiermacher and the early twentieth-century theologian, cultural historian, sociologist, philosopher of history, and ethicist Ernst Troeltsch.

Professor Sockness holds a B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in Religious Studies and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago.  He is author of Against False Apologetics: Wilhelm Herrmann and Ernst Troeltsch in Conflict (Mohr Siebeck) and co-editor with Wilhelm Gräb of Schleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology. Sockness has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the American Academy in Berlin, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is Vice-President of the German Schleiermacher-Gesellschaft. Prof. Sockness is Director of the Honors Program in Ethics in Society, and serves on the Advisory Board of Stanford’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.

Courses 2015-2016

ETHICSOC 190: Ethics in Society Honors Seminar (Winter)
RELIGST 290: Majors Seminar (Winter)
RELIGST 17N: Love, Power, and Justice: Ethics in Christian Perspective (Spring)

Courses 2014-2015

RELIGST 274 | 374: From Kant to Kierkegaard (Autumn)
RELIGST 233 | ETHICSCO 233R: The Ethics of Religious Politics (Winter)
RELIGST 290: Majors Seminar (Winter)
RELIGST 17N: Love, Power, and Justice: Ethics in Christian Perspective (Spring)

Courses 2013-2014

RELIGST 273 | 373: Historicism and its Problems (Autumn)
RELIGST 233 | ETHICSCO 233R: The Ethics of Religious Politics (Winter)
RELIGST 17N: Love, Power, and Justice: Ethics in Christian Perspective (Spring)

Other courses offered:

RELIGST 173: What is Enlightenment? Religion in the Age of Reason
RELIGST 245: Religion, Reason, Romanticism
RELIGST 280 | 280: Schleiermacher: Reconstructing Religion