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Special Issue: Evolutionary perspectives on atheism/unbelief (deadline: 30 September 2018)
June 7th, 2018
Evolutionary perspectives on atheism/unbelief

Despite increasing secularization and a decreasing role played by institutionalized religions in the western world, many scholars within the study of religion – from history through sociology and evolutionary accounts – continue to focus their inquiries on the study of the religious, without giving much attention to non-believers. There are few evolutionary explanations of atheism, and those that exist are either under-developed or investigate atheism through the lens and default starting position of religious belief. An example of this is the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR), since even though many scholars are working towards an evolutionary paradigm for atheism, a widely established Cognitive Science of Atheism does not yet exist, so studies of cognition and atheism fall within CSR.
We would like to invite scholars interested in the evolutionary study of atheism (including unbelief, nonbelief, agnosticism, etc.) to submit their paper proposals to the special issue of the “Studia Humana” journal published by De Gruyter (affiliate at the Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland). We are going to consider, among others, the following topics:
- Critical evaluations of CSR and other literatures that approach nonbelief as an irregularity
- Atheism as an adaptation/feature of evolution
- Atheism in the light of bio-behavioral and epidemiological theories of culture
- Atheism in the light of gene-culture co-evolutionary approaches
- Atheism as a default or alternate human cognitive mode
- The atheistic worldview being an evolutionary source of morality
- Atheism as group and/or individual level adaptation
- Ultimate causes of atheism
- The evolutionary functions of atheism
Note: Atheism is being used as a blanket-term here for any studies dealing with the religiously unaffiliated, unbelievers, non-believers, and to a lesser extent, agnostics. If your work falls within these boundaries, please feel free to send us a proposed article.
All interested authors are welcome to send a summary in the form of an abstract by the end of June. Papers should be submitted by the end of September to Please include “Studia Humana Special Issue” in the title of the email. We anticipate the special issue entering press around the beginning of 2019.

Kyle J Messick
Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Lab
Coventry University

Konrad Szocik
Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science,
University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow (Poland)

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Many-worlds theory of truth
author: Alexander Boldachev,
The logical world is a set of propositions, united by common principles of establishing their truth. The many-worlds theory asserting that the truth of any proposition in any given logical world is always established by comparing it with standard propositions in this world – directly or via the procedure of transferring the truth.


Oeconomia Suffocato: The Origins of Antipathy Toward
Free Enterprise Among Catholic Intelligentsia

author: Joseph J. Hyde, Walter Block,
What is the source of the antipathy of Catholic intellectuals toward free
markets? That is the issue addressed in the present paper. We see the
antecedents of this viewpoint of theirs in terms of secular humanism, Marxism
and mistaken views of morality and economics. One of the explanations for
this phenomenon are the teachings of St Augustine. He greatly distrusted the
City of Man, seeing it as anarchic and chaotic. In contrast, his City of God is
more orderly, but far removed from the hurly burly of free enterprise. Another
source of the rejection of capitalism on the part of Catholic intellectuals is
liberation theology, which is Marxism minus the atheism of that doctrine. Both
economic and cultural Marxism have played a role in the alienation of such
intellectuals from the tenets of laissez faire capitalism. Are there any counter
currents? Yes, the School of Salamanca, which has been all but forgotten in
this community.

Marketing Communication of the Catholic Church –
a Sign of the Times or Profanation of the Sacred?

author: Sławomir Gawroński, Ilona Majkowska,
The Catholic Church – though in popular opinion it is sometimes treated as a
stronghold of conservatism, traditionalism, suspicion of progress and novelty, it
changed significantly in the second half of the 20th century and continues to change
its attitudes, especially in terms of the use of social communication and attitude to
the media mass. The Church’s growing openness to media relations and the use of a
rich instrumentation of social communication has become one of the reasons for the
growing popularity of market orientation among the clergy and active believers,
which opens opportunities for the development of the concept of a specific sectoral
marketing formula of church marketing. In this article the authors search for the
causes of the progressive phenomenon of the marketization of religion, present
examples of the activities of the Polish Catholic church, inscribed in the church
marketing trend, as well as define the negative consequences resulting from its
dissemination. The applied research method is based on the literature analysis and
case studies analysis.

Multi-Level Challenges in a Long-Term Human Space Program.
The Case of Manned Mission to Mars

author: Konrad Szocik, Bartłomiej Tkacz,
Yuri Gagarin has started the first time in human history the manned mission in
space when his Vostok aircraft successfully achieved Earth orbit in 1961. Since
his times, human space programs did not develop too much, and the biggest
achievement still remain landing on the Moon. Despite this stagnation, there
are serious plans to launch manned mission to Mars including human space
settlement. In out paper, we are going to identify and discuss a couple of
challenges that – in our opinion – will be a domain of every human deep-space