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Special issue: space philosophy and space ethics
February 15th, 2021
Studia Humana special issue on space philosophy and space ethics

Editor: Konrad Szocik
Interdisciplinary journal Studia Humana invites contributors interested in space philosophy and space ethics to send paper proposals. Space philosophy/philosophy of space missions/philosophy of space exploration is a very interdisciplinary discipline. Despite this natural interdisciplinarity, we invite you to submit papers exposing philosophical and ethical elements rather than, for example, other elements relevant to space exploration such as political, economic or medical. Suggested topics may include – but are not limited to – issues such as:
- Rationale for space missions
- New issues in environmental ethics for space
- The value of scientific exploration of space
- SETI/METI
- Space bioethics (human enhancement, human reproduction in space, and others)
- Methodological and conceptual issues (what distinguishes, if anything, space philosophy/space bioethics/space environmental ethics from their Earth-based counterparts?)

Authors are asked to send their papers until the end of August 2021 to the following e-mail address: konrad-szocik@wp.pl
Accepted papers are scheduled for publication in 4 issue 2021 (December), with the possibility of some texts being published in 1 issue 2022 (February), while all finally accepted papers may be published prior to assignment to the issue as early view.

Instructions for authors:
http://studiahumana.com/for-authors.html
Early view option
September 25th, 2020
Special issue: Covid-19 pandemic as a global catastrophic risk
April 6th, 2020
Special issue: Libertarianism from the Philosophical Perpective
February 11th, 2020

MOST OFTEN READING TEXT:

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.

CURRENT ISSUE:

Science and Religion Shift in the First Three Months of the Covid-19 Pandemic

author: Margaret Boone Rappaport, Christopher Corbally, Riccardo Campa, Ziba Norman,
The goal of this pilot study is to investigate expressions of the collective disquiet of people in the first months of Covid-19 pandemic, and to try to understand how they manage covert risk, especially with religion and magic. Four co-authors living in early hot spots of the pandemic speculate on the roles of science, religion, and magic, in the latest global catastrophe. They delve into the consolidation that should be occurring worldwide because of a common, viral enemy, but find little evidence for it. They draw parallels to biblical works, finding evidence of a connection between plague and “social strife.” They explore changes in the purviews of science, religion, and magic, and how and why they have changed, as three systems of covert risk management. They speculate on the coming wave of grief when the world populations finally decide that too many people have died, and they envision cultural changes on the other side of the pandemic, to lifestyles, travel, reverse urbanization, and living and working in smaller communities. Using an unusual approach named “crowd-sourced ethnography”, they conduct un-traditional ethnography and speculate on management of covert risk in their native countries.

The Sociology of Global Warming: A Scientometric Look

author: Riccardo Campa,
The theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) enjoys considerable
consensus among experts. It is widely recognized that global industrialization
is producing an increase in the planet’s temperatures and causing
environmental disasters. Still, there are scholars – although a minority – who
consider groundless either the idea of global warming itself or the idea that it
constitutes an existential threat for humanity. This lack of scientific unanimity
(as well as differing political ideologies) ignites controversies in the political
world, the mass media, and public opinion as well. Sociologists have been
dealing with this issue for some time, producing researches and studies based
on their specific competencies. Using scientometric tools, this article tries to
establish to what extent and in which capacity sociologists are studying the
phenomenon of climate change. Particular attention is paid to meta-analytical
aspects such as consensus, thematic trends, and the impact of scientific works.

Theology in Times of Pandemic

author: Lluis Oviedo,
A question arises regarding theology and its functions when trying to cope with
the coronavirus pandemic. Surely Christian faith – along with other religions –
can play a role in helping to deal with this crisis, both for individuals and
collectively. Theology connects with the effort religious faith and Churches
perform and provides models and ideas to highlight the Christian sense of what
is happening, that is, in reference to a saving God. Four keys, rooted in the
Christian tradition, are proposed that allow us to understand these difficult
times in a meaningful way, that is, as revealing “signs of the times” for
believers, assisting them in their struggle to cope with these challenging
circumstances.