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Author: Paolo Costa
“The Post-Secular City” is the first attempt to systematically map and assess the recent debate about secularization.
“The Post-Secular City” examines the alleged shift from a “secular” to a “post-secular” dispensation from the perspective of the ongoing de-construction of the secularization “theorem” (as Hans Blumenberg called it). Accordingly, the new secularization debate is described as being polarized between the “de-constructors” and the “maintainers” of the standard thesis of secularization. This is the assumption underlying an ambitious effort to map the field, which consists of a long introduction where “secularization” is analyzed as a deeply problematic concept-of-process and of eight chapters in which several protagonists of the recent debate are discussed as crucial junctions of a multidisciplinary conversation.
Author: Paolo Costa

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The article discusses the first reactions of many distinguished commentators to the impact that the CoViD-19 pandemic had on people’s religious life globally. Such across-the-board response is investigated against the background of Peter Sloterdijk’s exemplary reinterpretation of the religious vertical impulse in terms of anthropotechnics and is found defective. A more nuanced and ambivalent account of secularization is offered in the end as a viable alternative to the standard thesis of the disenchantment of the world.

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In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

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In the present study, we applied statistical methods to quantitative image analysis of the persistent and individual ventral colour pattern of Salamandrina salamanders, in order to discriminate between individuals of the two species belonging to this genus. Pictures of 238 individuals from three populations of S. perspicillata and pictures of 95 S. terdigitata from two populations were analysed. Partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLSDA) classified 98.78% of individuals into the correct species. PLSDA reaches lower percentages of correct classification when applied to discriminate individuals from different populations of the same species (74.14% for S. perspicillata, 78.26% for S. terdigitata). An ANOVA analysis of colour abundances in different body sectors reveals significant differences between species. The results show that colour pattern has a specific basis, the most discriminant areas being the head and the pectoral girdle. We discuss these results in the light of the proposed evolutionary scenarios of the species, and suggest that ventral colour patterns were driven by founder effect.

In: Amphibia-Reptilia