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Lesson 2, Section 7: An Open-ended Quest

As this introduction shows, humanism seeks to provide answers to life’s questions based on the best available knowledge and philosophy. But sometimes the best available knowledge still leaves a lot of unanswered questions! From this…

Lesson 2, Section 6: Self-determination

There is another political and social area where humanists generally find themselves united behind common goals in opposition to many other groups and lifestances. This is the area of individual autonomy and freedom. Across the…

Lesson 2, Section 5: The Open Society

The fundamental concepts of humanism have given rise to a diversity of shared positions and goals among humanists. For example, humanism’s ethical dimension means that humanists have a commitment to building a society that enables…

Lesson 2, Section I: Lifestance Explored

“Lifestance” is itself an unfamiliar term to most people, but over the past two decades it has become increasingly common — initially in Britain, but now also in Europe and the whole of the English-speaking…

Lesson 2: Introduction

The Contemporary Humanist Philosophy: Lifestance Humanism The word “humanism” has been used in many different senses over the years.  It has referred to the educational program of Renaissance scholars, as well as to movements in…