In 2019, the team members of the Ignatian Social Forum decided to continue the work that was initiated by the publication of the Social Dictionary in 2004. Scientists from both Polish and foreign academic centres contributed to this publication, which contained over one hundred extended essays that discussed the findings of recent humanities and social science research. This new project is more extensive than the original Social Dictionary. The aim of the project is to present the state of knowledge from within various fields of humanities and social sciences as they are at the beginning the third decade of the 21st century. They plan to show man, who is developing within diverse civilizations, cultures and societies, who adheres to many religions, and who honours diverse patterns of behaviour and products that condition his behaviour. However, rather than divide the humanities and social sciences according to the fields and disciplines listed by various international or national (departmental) institutions, we will di vide them according to research areas that have been investigated by “officially acknowledged” scientific disciplines, with the use of a range of methods that yield a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary view.
(Foreword: Wit Pasierbek and Bogdan Szlachta, series editors)
There is a dispute as to whether the approaches [to the geopolitics] that dominate in public debate can be regarded as expressions of scientific positions. […] The starting point for these debates must be to define the very boundaries of what is discussed: When is a subject a geopolitical consideration and when is it “merely” a voice on international politics that is wrongly regarded as geopolitical? Is a given statement a scientific statement and is it “merely” an expert’s analysis or perhaps “merely” a journalistic text? […] This volume is not intended to be the ultimate voice in these disputes, although the authors of the articles it contains sometimes take a stand in public debates and have their own distinctive views on these issues. […] Rather, it is intended as an aid to those who seek knowledge about various aspects of geopolitics, regardless of whether it is considered as a way of thinking, a stance in the public debate, a method of analysing international politics, a field of science, or a field that aspires to be treated as scientific. In a word, this volume is an aid to those who are looking for instruments that will make it easier for them to learn about geopolitics or form an opinion about it.
(Introduction: Jacek Kloczkowski, volume editor)
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