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On Humanism (Thinking in Action)

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Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, E.M. Forster, Bertrand Russell, and Gloria Steinem all declared themselves humanists. What is humanism and why does it matter? If it rejects religion, what does it offer in its place? Have the twentieth century's crimes against humanity spelled the end for humanism?
Drawing on a range of examples from Aristotle to Primo Levi and the novels of Virginia Woolf, On Humanism is a powerfully argued philosophical defence of humanism. It is also an impassioned plea that we turn to ourselves, not religion, if we want to answer Socrates' age-old question: what is the best kind of life to lead? Although humanism has much in common with science, Richard Norman shows that it is far from a denial of the more mysterious, fragile side of being human, and deals with big questions such as the environment, Darwinism and 'creation science', euthanasia and abortion.
This revised second edition includes a new chapter on the debates of "the New Atheists" such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, who have boldly rearticulated arguments for a humanist alternative to religion. Also featuring an expanded discussion of immortality and Christian claims about the Resurrection, On Humanism is a lucid and timely reflection on this much talked about but little understood phenomenon.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780415670418
ISBN-10: 0415670411
Pagini: 204
Dimensiuni: 124 x 193 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: Routledge
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Cuprins

1. Introduction  2. Why Science Undermines Religion  3. What's So Special About Human Beings?  4. Morality in a Godless World  5. The Meaning of Life and the Need for Stories  6. The ‘God Debate’: Dead End or Dialogue?  Postscript: Organised Humanism.  Notes.  Index

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Praise for the first edition:
'This outline of the humanist philosophy of life by Richard Norman is first class. It covers the history, philosophy, morality and meaning of humanism with extreme clarity ... a book of great lucidity, considerable thought and grace.' ߝ New Humanist
'Balanced presentations like this are indeed welcome ... This is a good book: a book to make one think. It is enjoyable as such, but it might also be included as a reading for a Philosophy of Religion course.' ߝ Philosophical Investigations

Praise for the first edition: 'This outline of the humanist philosophy of life by Richard Norman is first class. It covers the history, philosophy, morality and meaning of humanism with extreme clarity ... a book of great lucidity, considerable thought and grace.' - New Humanist 'Balanced presentations like this are indeed welcome ... This is a good book: a book to make one think. It is enjoyable as such, but it might also be included as a reading for a Philosophy of Religion course.' - Philosophical Investigations 'A lucid account of humanism which combines the virtues of a fairly balanced discussion and a passionate polemic. It deserves to become humanism's unofficial manifesto - the only kind a freethinking movement can have.' - Julian Baggini, author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Notă biografică

Richard Norman is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent, UK. His work has been mainly in the areas of ethics and political philosophy.