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The Challenge of Postsecularism

bad priests” ( Kołakowski, 2002 , p. 13). I would like to mention a few names of agnostics’ answers in my questionnaire: the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman about whom I will say more later, the lawyer Ewa Łętowska, the sociologist Świda-Ziemba, the philosopher Jan Woleński, the literary critic Michał Głowiński, and the writer Stanisław Lem. And a few names of believers: the philosopher Elżbieta Wolicka, the publicist Jan Turnau, the sociologist Ireneusz Krzymiński, and the theologian Wacław Hryniewicz. Some, as Jerzy Prokopiuk, described themselves as gnostics. All of

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How to Respond to Conflicts Over Value Pluralism?

Introduction When it comes to understanding socio-cultural conflicts, including conflicts over values, the Netherlands offers an intriguing empirical case, which also helps us to understand similar developments in other West-European countries. Let me start with a recent example of such a conflict, which has caused a lot of social unrest each year since it cropped up for the first time in the fall of 2013. It is about the festival of Sinterklaas , celebrated on December 5. Although it has for centuries been the country’s most important children’s holiday

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Contemporary Religiosity and the Absence of Solidarity With Those in Need

identified themselves with some form of belief in God goes up to 50% ( Vido, Václavík, and Paleček 2006 ; Nešpor 2012 ). When the content of that belief is further explored, we see that only about 10% identify themselves with a traditional Christian understanding of a personal God, whereas up to 40% preferred to speak about some supernatural power, life force, or spirit (Václavík, Hamplová and Nešpor 2017, 13 n12). If we take away 15–20% of atheists, it leaves us still with 30–35% of people who either do not want to respond or do not know what to believe and what to think

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Islamophobia Without Muslims? The “Contact Hypothesis” as an Explanation for Anti-Muslim Attitudes – Eastern European Societies in a Comparative Perspective

. At this point, it is important to emphasize that the rejection of Muslim immigration has no Eastern European peculiarity. There is a remarkable support for a Muslim ban in countries such as Portugal (31%), Ireland (24%), Austria (20%), and Belgium (18%). Given the fact that citizens in the Netherlands (13%), France (12%), Germany (8%), and Sweden (4%) are less inclined to reject Muslim immigration in general, there is nevertheless a clear pattern that the receptiveness for anti-Muslim prejudice is much higher among citizens in Eastern Europe . How can we explain

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A Bridge to the Past: Public Memory and Nostalgia for the Communist Times in Modern Georgia

used to have in her house ”, tells O. from Ukraine “ Look! We used to have exactly the same painting in the living room when I was younger . I considered buying it but I have to think if I really want it . At least , I am going to take a picture of it to have it as a memory ”, tells P. from Russia. For those who are reflectively nostalgic Boym (2007 , 13-14) distinguished between two types of nostalgia: restorative and reflective. As restorative nostalgia aims to bring features of the past epoch to the present and to restore or rebuild the previous order of

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From Saint Sava to Milosevic – The Pantheon of (Anti)heroes in Serbian Presidential Election (2017)

a son-in-law of Lazar Hrebeljanović, the ruler of the Kosovo field. He withdrew with his army from the Battle of Kosovo. The folk tradition portrays him as a traitor, which is not historically accurate. Other characters that form the particular pantheon of Serbian national heroes are Saint Sava St. Sava (Rastko Nemanjić) – the first archbishop of Serbia and one of the most important saints in the Serbian Orthodox Church. Lived at the turn of the 13th century. and a medieval ruler of Serbia Tsar Dušan Tsar Stefan Dušan – the king of Serbia in the 14th century

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People as the Roots (of the State): Democratic Elements in the Politics of Traditional Vietnamese Confucianism

), or the foundation for Confucian democratic political thought ( Ackerly 2005 ). Other studies even looked to reconcile socialism and Confucianism in China ( Bell 2009 ) or proposed a different set of political possibilities in which democracy could grow out of Chinese Confucian roots ( Weller 1999 ). These studies share in common an implicit understanding that the value of democracy is not something natural or intrinsic within the set of Confucian values. Kim (2017) made a different argument regarding this point, suggesting that both democracy and Confucianism

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Divided National Identity in Moldova

identified by Romanian scientists as being Romanians, which they consider as symptoms of Romanian nationalism and historical theories (Stati in Guboglo and Dergachev 2010 , 13). Moldovan historian of Russian origin, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. Vasile Stati It is basically understandable that the Russian view of the joint Romanian–Moldovan history is different, e.g., Mikhail Guboglo, Valentin Dergachev, and Vasile Stati. Nevertheless, the fact is that the ethnonym Vlah in various forms was, and sometimes still is, a

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