Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz
Transaction Publishers - 401 Seiten
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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Introduction to Part Two
Humanism and the Freedom of the Individual
Democracy without Theology Dialogue with Evangelists
Excellence and Irrelevance Democracy and the Higher Learning
Misuses of Civil Disobedience
The Church under Siege Reflections on the VaticanHumanist Dialogue
The Argument from Revelation Reexamined
Is Life Meaningful in a Universe without God?
Finding a Common Ground between Believers and Unbelievers
The Growth of Fundamentalism Worldwide A Humanist Response
Introduction to Part Five
In Defense of Eupraxophy
Promethean Love Unbound
The Limits of Tolerance
Beyond Multiculturalism Toward a Humanist Universalism
Will Secularism Survive?
Introduction to Part Three
The Scientific Attitude vs Antiscience and Pseudoscience
Science and the Paranormal An Overview
Skepticism about the Paranormal Legitimate and Illegitimate
Introduction to Part Four
Humanism and the Open Society Dialogues with Marxists and Roman Catholics
Militant Atheism vs Freedom of Conscience Reflections on the Moscow AtheistHumanist Dialogue
Humanism and Atheism Exploring Similarities and Differences
On Nearly DyingUnceremoniously and Unexpectedly
The Case for Euthanasia A Humanistic Perspective
Introduction to Part Six
Does Faith Healing Work?
Faith Healing Miracle or Hoax?
The New Inquisition in the Schools
Bigfoot on the Loose or How to Create a Legend
A Case Study of the West Pittston Haunted House
NearDeath Experiences A Skeptical View
Selected List of Publications by Paul Kurtz