Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism / Edition 1

Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism / Edition 1

by Paul Kurtz
     
 

ISBN-10: 157392783X

ISBN-13: 9781573927833

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Prometheus Books

This entirely new Humanist Manifesto is designed to address the problems of the twenty-first century and the millennium beyond. Providing a strong defense of scientific naturalism and technology, it is offered as a contribution to the dialogue among the different cultural, political, and economic viewpoints in the world.

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This entirely new Humanist Manifesto is designed to address the problems of the twenty-first century and the millennium beyond. Providing a strong defense of scientific naturalism and technology, it is offered as a contribution to the dialogue among the different cultural, political, and economic viewpoints in the world.

Humanist Manifesto 2000 is formulated in the conviction that science, reason, democracy, education, and humanist values can enhance human progress. Drawing on the achievements of modernity - the success of scientific medicine, the overall improvement of public health, the Green Revolution, the conveniences of a consumer society, global communication and transportation, increased understanding of the natural world, and many others - the planetary humanism that this manifesto presents seeks to transcend the negativity of postmodernism and looks forward to the information age now upon us.

Humanist Manifesto 2000 promotes a humanistic ethics based on reason and a planetary bill of rights and responsibilities. It proposes a new global agenda, stresses the need for international institutions (including a new world parliament and regulation of global conglomerates), and concludes on a note of optimism about the human prospect. Endorsed by a distinguished list of humanist intellectuals—including Arthur C. Clarke, Alan Cranston, Richard Dawkins, Richard Leakey, Jill Tarter, E. O. Wilson, and eleven Nobel Laureates—Humanist Manifesto 2000 recommends long-range attainable goals and generates confidence in the ability of the human species to solve its problems by rational means and a positive outlook. This manifesto was drafted by Paul Kurtz in consultation with a twelve-person internal committee.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927833
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
76
Sales rank:
1,310,546
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.17(d)

Table of Contents

IPreamble7
Prologue to the Present8
Why Planetary Humanism?11
IIProspects for a Better Future13
IIIScientific Naturalism24
IVThe Benefits of Technology27
VEthics and Reason29
VIA Universal Commitment to Humanity as a Whole35
VIIA Planetary Bill of Rights and Responsibilities40
VIIIA New Global Agenda49
IXThe Need for New Planetary Institutions55
XOptimism about the Human Prospect62

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