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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
Aspects of Humanism
Introduction to Humanism: Types of Humanism; beliefs and practices; Humanist manifestos
Key Figures (Historical)
Micheal De Montaigne
Metaphysics by Aristotle
In Praise of Folly By Erasmus
The Prince By Machiavelli
The Poetry of Petrarch
The Complete Works of Micheal De Montaigne
Logical Positivism by AJ Ayer
B. Key Figures (modern)
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.
The Humanist ‘With a distinguished cadre of writers covering everything from science and religion to media and technology to politics and popular culture’
What is Secular Humanism? by Paul Kurtz
The Philosophy of Humanism by Corliss Lamont
The Good Book: The Humanist Bible by A.C Grayling
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman
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
Introduction to atheism History of Atheism
Daniel C. Dennett
Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska
The Essays by Francis Bacon
Ethics by Spinoza
Beyond Good and Evil by Frederich Nietzsche
This Spoke Zarathustra by Frederich Nietzsche
Why I am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Why I am an Agnostic by Robert Ingersoll
Atheism: The Case Against God
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
Breaking the Spell by Daniel . Dennett
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
This Goodreads list is a very comprehensive list of atheism/atheist books.
infidels.org’s reading list for more information
The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism
Why People Believe Weird Things by Micheal Shermer
Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Flim Flam by James Randi
The New Skepticism by Paul Kurtz
Why Humanism part 1, part 2 and part 3