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By Robert Norman

humanism /'hju:meniz(e)m/ n. an outlook or method of proposal taken with human instead of divine or supernatural concerns.

Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, E.M. Forster, Bertrand Russell, and Gloria Steinem all declared themselves humanists. what's humanism and why does it topic? Is there any doctrine each humanist needs to carry? If it rejects faith, what does it provide as a substitute? Have the 20 th century's crimes opposed to humanity spelled the top for humanism?

On Humanism is a well timed and powerfully argued philosophical defence of humanism. it's also an impassioned plea that we flip to ourselves, now not faith, if we wish to solution Socrates' age-old query: what's the most sensible form of lifestyles to guide? even though humanism has a lot in universal with technology, Richard Norman indicates that it really is faraway from a denial of the extra mysterious, fragile part of being human. He offers with giant questions akin to the surroundings, Darwinism and 'creation science', euthanasia and abortion, after which argues that it really is finally throughout the human skill for artwork, literature and the mind's eye that humanism is a strong substitute to spiritual belief.

Drawing on a diverse diversity of examples from Aristotle to Primo Levi and the novels of Virginia Woolf and Graham quick, On Humanism is a lucid and lots more and plenty wanted mirrored image in this a lot stated yet little understood phenomenon.

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