Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz

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Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central issues that have concerned Kurtz throughout his career: ethics, politics, education, religion, science, and pseudoscience.

The chapters are linked by a common theme: the need for a new enlightenment, one committed to the use of rationality and skepticism, but also devoted to realizing the highest values of humanist culture. Many writings included here were first published in magazines and journals long unavailable. Some of the essays have never before been published. They now appear as a coherent whole for the first time. Also included is an extensive bibliography of Kurtz's writings. "Toward a New Enlightenment "is essential for those who know and admire Paul Kurtz's work. It will also be an important resource for students of philosophy, political science, ethics, and religion.

Among the chapters are: "Humanist Ethics: Eating the Forbidden Fruit"; "Relevance of Science to Ethics"; "Democracy without Theology"; "Misuses of Civil Disobedience"; "The Limits of Tolerance"; "Skepticism about the Paranormal: Legitimate and Illegitimate"; "Militant Atheism vs. Freedom of Conscience"; "Promethean Love: Unbound"; "The Case for Euthanasia"; and "The New Inquisition in the Schools."

 

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Humanist Ethics Eating the Forbidden Fruit
15
The Relevance of Science to Ethics
25
The TwentyFirst Century and Beyond The Need for a New Global Ethic and a Declaration of Interdependence
35
Introduction to Part Two
47
Humanism and the Freedom of the Individual
49
Democracy without Theology Dialogue with Evangelists
63
Excellence and Irrelevance Democracy and the Higher Learning
73
Misuses of Civil Disobedience
87
The Church under Siege Reflections on the VaticanHumanist Dialogue
199
The Argument from Revelation Reexamined
217
Is Life Meaningful in a Universe without God?
233
Finding a Common Ground between Believers and Unbelievers
247
The Growth of Fundamentalism Worldwide A Humanist Response
253
Introduction to Part Five
269
In Defense of Eupraxophy
271
Promethean Love Unbound
279

The Limits of Tolerance
99
Beyond Multiculturalism Toward a Humanist Universalism
105
Will Secularism Survive?
109
Introduction to Part Three
119
The Scientific Attitude vs Antiscience and Pseudoscience
123
Antireason
135
Science and the Paranormal An Overview
143
Skepticism about the Paranormal Legitimate and Illegitimate
151
Introduction to Part Four
165
Humanism and the Open Society Dialogues with Marxists and Roman Catholics
167
Militant Atheism vs Freedom of Conscience Reflections on the Moscow AtheistHumanist Dialogue
171
Humanism and Atheism Exploring Similarities and Differences
189
On Nearly DyingUnceremoniously and Unexpectedly
293
The Case for Euthanasia A Humanistic Perspective
297
Introduction to Part Six
307
Does Faith Healing Work?
309
Faith Healing Miracle or Hoax?
321
The New Inquisition in the Schools
327
Bigfoot on the Loose or How to Create a Legend
333
A Case Study of the West Pittston Haunted House
339
NearDeath Experiences A Skeptical View
349
Selected List of Publications by Paul Kurtz
353
Index
389
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