Special topics in forthcoming issues: Enlightenment and Secularism

CALL FOR PAPERS

ENLIGHTENMENT AND SECULARISM

 

Guest editor: Anna Tomaszewska

 

Diametros – An Online Journal of Philosophy invites contributions to a special issue dedicated to the topic ‘Enlightenment and Secularism’. Authors are encouraged to address the question to what extent the Enlightenment critiques and new conceptions of religion, the role of religion in individuals’ moral lives and in the development of communities, as well as its relations to the state and presence in the public sphere, have shaped the modern secular age. Does secularism, understood both as a political regime and as a cultural tendency in contemporary societies, originate in the (predominantly) European Age of Reason, or in other intellectual traditions and historical developments of Europe, or can its roots be (also) traced back to non-European cultures? What are the ways of protecting values like the freedom of conscience, on the one hand, and the freedom of speech, on the other, in contemporary secular regimes (e.g. the Lockean vs. the accommodationist approach)? Do they have a potential to avert or to fuel worldwide conflicts motivated by religious creeds and commitments? Articles related to these and similar topics should be submitted through the online platform of the journal no later than by the 1st of February 2017. All papers will receive a double-blind peer review.