On Humanism

On Humanism humanism hju meniz e m n an outlook or system of thought concerned with human rather than divine or supernatural matters Albert Einstein Isaac Asimov E M Forster Bertrand Russell and Gloria Steine

  • Title: On Humanism
  • Author: Richard Norman
  • ISBN: 9780415305235
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • humanism hju meniz e m n an outlook or system of thought concerned with human rather than divine or supernatural matters Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, E.M Forster, Bertrand Russell, and Gloria Steinem all declared themselves humanists What is humanism and why does it matter Is there any doctrine every humanist must hold If it rejects religion, what does it offerhumanism hju meniz e m n an outlook or system of thought concerned with human rather than divine or supernatural matters Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, E.M Forster, Bertrand Russell, and Gloria Steinem all declared themselves humanists What is humanism and why does it matter Is there any doctrine every humanist must hold If it rejects religion, what does it offer in its place Have the twentieth century s crimes against humanity spelled the end for humanism On Humanism is a timely and 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 mysterious, fragile side of being human He deals with big questions such as the environment, Darwinism and creation science , euthanasia and abortion, and then argues that it is ultimately through the human capacity for art, literature and the imagination that humanism is a powerful alternative to religious belief Drawing on a varied range of examples from Aristotle to Primo Levi and the novels of Virginia Woolf and Graham Swift, On Humanism is a lucid and much needed reflection on this much talked about but little understood phenomenon.

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    • The book is a philosophical defence of humanism, covering the history, philosophy, morality and meaning of humanism in which the author defines as "an attempt to think about how we should live without religion." Despite of its focus on science, Norman shows that this does not mean a denial of the more mysterious, fragile side of being human. Some of the significant issues he deals with are: nature and environment, science and religion, and consciousness and soul. The discussion of the humanist m [...]


    • I thought this was a good little introduction to Humanism. I have ready many different books of this sort and this was one of the better ones. It focuses more on the philosophical and ethical reasons for humanism, rather than just simply the morals part. He does talk about morals often, but with philosophy leanings. He is very modest in his writing and gives many different viewpoints and other sides' arguments. It does well to give a good overall look at humanism and it's critics and other ways [...]


    • Mostly this book irritated the hell out of me, but by doing so it clarified why the brand of secularism that relies on art to replace religion isn't for me. On the other hand, at one point Norman observes in a casual aside that - of course - religion is after all an artistic creation. That paragraph burrowed into my brain and has been causing all sorts of helpful mischief ever since. As a lifelong atheist, I kind of knew that already. But I hadn't thought about it in quite the way Norman put it [...]


    • A very well written account of the numerous facets of humanism. Illustrated the fact that humanism for each of us can be constructed from various philosophies and ways of looking at things. There is no central dogma and it's up to you how your humanism is formed. He gives a brief account of the most relevant issues and doesn't get bogged down while he does so.


    • It was an interesting read, but I do think it spent a little too much time onenumerating the issues with religious beliefs and not enough time on the humanist views. This is personal preference, as some people may have beenlooking for the religious coverage, but for me I don't really need convincingabout religion.



    • It is as if Richard Norman has taken my beliefs and put them into a book. An amazing answer to any one who says you have to be religous or believe in god to be moral or ethical.


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