Understanding Humanism

Understanding Humanism

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Publisher's Synopsis

Understanding Humanism is an easy-to-read and informative overview of the beliefs, practices, and values of humanism as a non-religious worldview. This short and lively book explores humanism both as a broad historical tradition of thought and as a stance embodied in organised institutions. It sets out clearly and systematically the beliefs and values of humanism as well as the reality and personal experience of living as a humanist today.

Questions discussed in this book include:

  • How do humanists see the relation between science and religious belief?
  • Is humanism wedded to science as the only valid form of knowledge?
  • What value do humanists place on the arts, and can they value religious art?
  • Does the emphasis on human responsibility depend on an untenable belief in 'free will', and is this undermined by psychology and neuroscience?
  • Do humanists think that life is sacred?
  • What account would humanists give of the basis of human rights, and why they are important?
  • Does humanism entail that human life is meaningless and pointless?
  • Can humanists meet the challenge of nihilism?

Understanding Humanism provides a reliable and easily digestible introduction to the field. By exploring these questions and inviting readers to engage with the arguments, it serves as the ideal textbook for those approaching the topic of humanism for the first time.

About the Publisher



Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Our current publishing programme encompasses groundbreaking textbooks and premier, peer-reviewed research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Built Environment. We have partnered with many of the most influential societies and academic bodies to publish their journals and book series. Readers can access tens of thousands of print and e-books from our extensive catalogue of titles. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.

Book information

ISBN: 9780367506056
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 211.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 217
Weight: 368g
Height: 155mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 18mm