Humanist Worldviews: Then & Now

Course Overview

Course Description

There is not one single “Humanism,” but many. That is the fundamental assumption of this course, which seeks to explore a number of “Humanisms” which have arisen and flourished in different parts of the world and across time. Students new to Humanism will end the course with an appreciation of the core values of Humanism, and how they can be discovered and applied in different ways in different cultures. Students who already have a basic understanding of Humanism will deepen their appreciation of the worldview, learning how complex and variegated are the expressions of Humanism. The intent of the course is to broaden students’ understanding of what “Humanism” can mean, by complexifying traditional Humanist narratives and presenting lesser-known ones.


Students completing this course should be able to:

  • Describe how different forms of Humanism have arisen at different times and places.
  • Articulate the common features which link different Humanisms together.
  • Sketch their own personal philosophy of Humanism, in relation to those studied.

Register Spring 2022