The Case for Humanism: An Introduction

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The Case for Humanism is the premier textbook on the 'big ideas' of Western humanism—secularism, rationalism, materialism, democracy, individualism, and many others. Students are invited to think critically about these powerful themes that run through Western thought from the ancient Greeks, to the Enlightenment, to the present day. The issues discussed raise some of the most provocative and relevant questions of our time, regardless of discipline—these are the major questions of science, religion, and ...

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Overview

The Case for Humanism is the premier textbook on the 'big ideas' of Western humanism—secularism, rationalism, materialism, democracy, individualism, and many others. Students are invited to think critically about these powerful themes that run through Western thought from the ancient Greeks, to the Enlightenment, to the present day. The issues discussed raise some of the most provocative and relevant questions of our time, regardless of discipline—these are the major questions of science, religion, and philosophy. Drawing on an accessible, student-friendly format, the authors teach by example how to analyze arguments for and against humanist ideas, how to judge alternative theories, and how to evaluate humanism as a whole. The text breaks humanism down into 17 fundamental propositions for students to dissect. These elements make The Case for Humanism a natural for courses in introductory and comparative religion.

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Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology
Thorough and profound. For any intelligent thinker who is interested in the secular versus the religious arguments, this is an excellent compendium. There are extensive quotations from a wide range of authors, a summary as well as study questions, discussion questions, a field problem, suggestions for further reading, and a superb list of endnotes with bibliographical references at the end of each chapter.
Reviews In Religion and Philosophy
The text is easy and pleasant to assimilate and avoids the pain factor which some philosophers seem to regard as a sine qua non of their writing.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Thorough and profound. For any intelligent thinker who is interested in the secular versus the religious arguments, this is an excellent compendium. There are extensive quotations from a wide range of authors, a summary as well as study questions, discussion questions, a field problem, suggestions for further reading, and a superb list of endnotes with bibliographical references at the end of each chapter.
Keith Parsons
Lewis Vaughn and Austin Dacey have written the ideal introduction to humanism. Clear, concise, and cogent, their book raises all of the tough questions and makes a strong case for secular, rational, humanist answers to those questions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513938
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the coauthor of two philosophy textbooks: Doing Philosophy: An Introduction through Thought Experiments (1999) and How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (1995). Austin Dacey is visiting research professor of philosophy at SUNY-Buffalo and executive editor of PHILO.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Humanism and Philosophy Chapter 3 Human Nature Chapter 4 Freedom and Destiny Chapter 5 The Moral Life Chapter 6 Knowledge, Truth, and Faith Chapter 7 Science and Religion Chapter 8 God, Humanism, and Philosophy Chapter 9 Society and Politics

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