The 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion was held at the University of Warsaw (Poland) on June 18-22, 2017, the institutional organiser being the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw (Instytut Filozofii, Uniwersytet Warszawski).
It was an international scientiﬁc event gathering philosophers, mathematicians, orientalists, specialists in religious studies and theologians eager to analyse diﬀerent aspects of relations between logic and religion.
The event was a continuation of the 1st World Congress on Logic and Religion, organised jointly by the Federal University of Campina Grande, the Federal University of Paraiba and the University of Brazil in João Pessoa, and held on April 1–5, 2015. That event was prepared and conducted by Jean-Yves Beziau and Ricardo Sousa Silvestre and devoted to a wide range of problems concerning the relations between logic and religion. At the conclusion of the congress, many participants expressed the wish to continue discussions on these topics in the future and also warmly welcomed the idea to organise such an event in Poland, which can be called a country of logic and religion thanks to both the tradition of Lvov-Warsaw School of logic and a considerable level of religiosity.
The authorities of the Institute of Philosophy and of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw accepted this idea, made a decision to organise the second congress and set up the chairs of the academic and organising committees. In the preparations of this event the organisers of the ﬁrst congress and many other signiﬁcant scientists took part.
The organisers of the second congress proposed a number of important topics to be discussed, which included such ﬁelds as:
- impact of religious beliefs on logical structures,
- logic at the service of apologetics,
- rationalisation of religious beliefs,
- justiﬁcation in religious legal traditions (including Talmudic Logic),
- logics vis-a-vis illogicalities in religion,
- non-classical logics and religion,
- models of argumentation in religious discourse.
The congress announcement prompted a positive response from a large number of scholars. As a result, the organisers received more than 180 paper submissions. Furthermore, many signiﬁcant scientists agreed to give plenary speeches during the congress, namely:
- Johannes Bronkhorst (Lausanne),
- Jessica Frazier (Oxford),
- Dov Gabbay (London),
- Michał Heller (Kraków),
- Saul Kripke and Romina Padro (New York),
- Laurent Laﬀorgue (Paris)
- Ricardo Strobino (Boston),
- Giuseppe Veltri (Hamburg),
- Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina (Toronto),
- Jan Woleński (Kraków, Rzeszów).
Such a great interest within the academic community has resulted in a rich and thought-provoking programme extending over ﬁve days. The event concluded with a debate, led by plenary speakers, that addressed most important issues identiﬁed during the congress.
According to our lists over 251 participants from at least 103 scientific units took part in this event and at least 106 scholars gave speeches during the congress.
The 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion was ﬁnanced by the Institute of Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw) and ﬁnancially supported by the UW Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations Professor Maciej Duszczyk, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Foundation for Polish Science and the University of Warsaw Foundation.