Scepsis's goal - as the title suggests - consists in counterbalancing all sorts of dogmas
pervading the society (see our manifesto).
It is both fashionable and profitable nowadays to link up the idea of enlightment with
imposing one's outlook, with hardcore soviet marxism and even to go as far as associating it
with totalitarian ideals. Criticizing rational thinking is concidered mainstream now. It is
good enough for those inventing "myths for the poor" (e.g. the ancient trinity familiar to
the Russians, namely "Christianity, Autocracy and National Character") and for those
sticking to more "sophisticated" postmodern variations of rationality. It is only a trained
sceptical mind, accustomed to thinking critically, that can oppose them.
Therefore you will find both authentic theoretical articles and acute publicistic texts in
the "Scepsis" quarterly.
The main topics of the first issue are as follows:
the crisis of humanitarian knowledge and possible ways of solving the problem
atheist view on religious propaganda and the support it finds with the government
ways of diagnosing 'mental decay' in Russian education and some methods of curing it
globalization and the problems it engenders in Russia
"Scepsis" takes pains to translate the works by famous foreign authors, which the Russian
reader has not had the opportunity to get acquainted with so far and which are unlikely to
be published in translation at the moment. Thus, the published issues already on sale
contain articles by the brilliant philosopher Bertrand Russell and the prominent Darwinist
Richard Dawkins. Now we are planning to publish Immanuel Wallerstein's analytical accounts
of the war in Iraq and "antiglobalistic" articles by Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek.
Among our authors you will find world-famous researchers and famous journalists, but first
and foremost young scholars, aspiring authors and even students. Therefore it is first above
all the youth, unwilling to plunge into apathy and indifference, that we expect to become
our principal audience.
The quarterly is published by a group of young scholars, who do not find themselves under the
auspice of any political parties, or any local or foreign trusts, and who therefore are
independent in their scientific research and the expression of their opinion.