Humanism as a Philosophy

Humanism as a Philosophy

Humanism as a Philosophy

Humanism as a Philosophy

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This book is a philosopher's testament. In it I have tried to describe in clear and simple terms that fully rounded philosophy of life that I call Humanism. I have given my own version of the much-debated concept of Humanism, and both expect and welcome disagreement with my interpretation of a viewpoint that in its fundamentals goes back at least as far as Athens of the fifth century B. C. and the great Age of Pericles.

In my treatment I have aimed at conciseness and have written what is essentially an introduction to the Humanist philosophy. Accordingly, I have discussed very briefly or have omitted entirely the details of many philosophic problems that in a longer work would certainly merit extended consideration. For example, though I am well aware of the profound influence of social and economic factors upon philosophy, I have had space to sketch in but little of that background.

This volume constitutes an expansion and revision of a lecture course entitled The Philosophy of Naturalistic Humanism given by me at Columbia University, 1946-1949. I am grateful to the editors of The Humanist, The Journal of Philosophy and The Journal of Religion . . .

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