Humanism Resource Page

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What is Humanism?

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. –American Humanist Association

Basics

  1. Aspects of Humanism
  2. Introduction to Humanism: Types of Humanism; beliefs and practices; Humanist manifestos

Historical

  1. Overview
  2. Renaissance Humanism
    1. Key Figures (Historical)
      1. Aristotle
      2. Erasmus
      3. Machivelli
      4. Petrarch
      5. David Hume
      6. Micheal De Montaigne
      7. A.J Ayer
      8. Thomas Paine

Books:

metaphysics
Metaphysics by Aristotle
erasmus
In Praise of Folly By Erasmus
theprince
The Prince By Machiavelli
petrarch
The Poetry of Petrarch
montaigne
The Complete Works of Micheal De Montaigne
logical
Logical Positivism by AJ Ayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Key Figures (modern)

  1. Paul Kurtz
  2. Andrew Copson
  3. Corliss Lamont
  4. A.C Grayling
  5. Phil Zuckerman
  6. Stephen Law
  7. David Niose
  8. Levi Fragell

This short list is of thinkers who identify as humanists and does not include atheists. Even though many humanists identify as atheists and vice versa. There are many thousands thinkers and experts of all kinds of have contributed to the pool of thought that has made humanism what it is today. This list will expand with time.

Publications:

The Humanist ‘With a distinguished cadre of writers covering everything from science and religion to media and technology to politics and popular culture’

Books:

paulkurtz
What is Secular Humanism? by Paul Kurtz
lamont
The Philosophy of Humanism by Corliss Lamont
goodbook
The Good Book: The Humanist Bible by A.C Grayling
zuckerman
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman
humanismintro
Humanism: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few good starters. There are many and this Good Reads list is a nice start as well.

Variations of Humanism

Transhumanism

Unitarianism

Non-Belief

  1. Atheism
    1. Introduction to atheism
    2. History of Atheism
      1.  Heraclitus
      2. Protagoras
      3. Epicurus
      4. Hypatia
      5. Francis Bacon
      6. Baruch Spinoza
      7. Frederich Nietzsche
      8. Bertrand Russell
      9. Charles Darwin
      10. Robert Ingersoll
      11. Sam Harris
      12. Daniel C. Dennett
      13. Richard Dawkins
      14. Christopher Hitchens
hypatia
Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska
bacon
The Essays by Francis Bacon
spinoza
Ethics by Spinoza
goodandevil1
Beyond Good and Evil by Frederich Nietzsche
thusspoke
This Spoke Zarathustra by Frederich Nietzsche
russell
Why I am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

origin
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
ingersoll
Why I am an Agnostic by Robert Ingersoll
thecase
Atheism: The Case Against God
endoffaith
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
breakingthespell
Breaking the Spell by Daniel . Dennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

god-delusion
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
godisnotgreat
God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Goodreads list is  a very comprehensive list of atheism/atheist books.

Agnosticism

  1. Agnosticism
  2. Ignoticism

Check out infidels.org’s reading list for more information

Skepticism

Skepticism

Critical Thinking

skeptic
The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism
weirdthings
Why People Believe Weird Things by Micheal Shermer
demonhaunted
Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
flimflam
Flim Flam by James Randi
newsketpicism
The New Skepticism by Paul Kurtz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethics

Humanist Principles:

Why Humanism part 1, part 2 and part 3

 

 

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