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.

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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