By Robert Norman

humanism /'hju:meniz(e)m/ n. an outlook or approach 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 supply instead? Have the 20th century's crimes opposed to humanity spelled the tip 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, no longer faith, if we wish to solution Socrates' age-old query: what's the most sensible form of existence to steer? even supposing humanism has a lot in universal with technological know-how, Richard Norman exhibits that it's faraway from a denial of the extra mysterious, fragile aspect of being human. He offers with mammoth questions equivalent to the surroundings, Darwinism and 'creation science', euthanasia and abortion, after which argues that it's finally throughout the human potential for paintings, literature and the mind's eye that humanism is a strong replacement to spiritual belief.

Drawing on a diversified variety of examples from Aristotle to Primo Levi and the novels of Virginia Woolf and Graham speedy, 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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