Humanism: A Beginner's Guide [NOOK Book]

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Why should we believe in God without any evidence? How can there be meaning in life when death is final? With historical adherents including such thinkers as Einstein, Freud, Philip Pullman, and Frank Zappa, "Humanism"'s central quest is to make sense of such questions, explaining the ethical and metaphysical by appealing to shared human values, rationality, and tolerance. Essential reading for atheists, agnostics, ignostics, freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, and believers too, this Beginner's Guide will ...
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Humanism: A Beginner's Guide

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Overview

Why should we believe in God without any evidence? How can there be meaning in life when death is final? With historical adherents including such thinkers as Einstein, Freud, Philip Pullman, and Frank Zappa, "Humanism"'s central quest is to make sense of such questions, explaining the ethical and metaphysical by appealing to shared human values, rationality, and tolerance. Essential reading for atheists, agnostics, ignostics, freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, and believers too, this Beginner's Guide will explain all aspects of the Humanist philosophy whilst providing an alternative and valuable conception of life without religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780740294
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 514,894
  • File size: 467 KB

Meet the Author

Writer and broadcaster Peter Cave teaches philosophy for The Open University and City University London. Author of the bestselling Can A Robot Be Human?, he chairs the Humanist Philosophers’ Group, frequently contributes to philosophy journals and magazines, from the academic to the popular, and has presented several philosophy programmes for the BBC. He lives in London.

Writer and broadcaster Peter Cave teaches philosophy for The Open University and City University, London. He chairs the Humanist Philosopher s Group and is often in debate, talking about paradoxes,' while arguing for good reasoning, especially in ethical, political and religious life. He frequently contributes to philosophy magazine, from the serious to the fun, lectures abroad, and introduced BBC radio listeners to a paradoxical fair of fun.

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Table of Contents

1 Humanism: scene setting 1

2 Without God 23

3 Without religion 41

4 With morality 65

5 With politics 87

6 Dying and living 110

7 Humanism: the quest for meaning 132

Epilogue 154

App. 1 Humanism: myths and whereabouts 157

App. 2 Further reading 159

App. 3 Notes, references and sources 161

Index 171

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