Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm

Skepticism and Humanism The New Paradigm As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of la

  • Title: Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm
  • Author: Paul Kurtz
  • ISBN: 9780765800510
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm

    As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to rising standards of living, affluence, anAs we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to rising standards of living, affluence, and cultural freedom on a worldwide basis Paradoxically, at the same time ancient authoritarian fundamentalist religions have grown in vitriolic intensity along with bizarre New Age, media driven paranormal belief systems Also surprising is the resurgence of primitive tribal and ethnic loyalties, unleashing wars of intolerance and bitterness In Skepticism and Humanism, Paul Kurtz locates these threatening developments within a long standing and largely unchallenged theological worldview He proposes, as an alternative to religion, a new cultural paradigm rooted in scientific naturalism, rationalism, and a humanistic outlook.An estimated 60 percent of scientists are atheists or agnostics However, the skeptical world view has been given little currency even in advanced societies, because of a cultural prohibition against the criticism of religion At the same time, science has become increasingly narrow and specialized so that few people can draw on its broader intellectual and cultural implications Skepticism and Humanism attempts to meet this need It defends skepticism as a method for developing reliable knowledge by using scientific inquiry and reason to test all claims to truth It also defends scientific naturalism an evolutionary view of nature, life, and the human species Kurtz sees the dominant religious doctrines as drawn from an agricultural nomadic past, and emphasizes the need for a new outlook applicable to the postindustrial information age At the same time, he rejects postmodernism for abandoning science and embracing a form of nihilism.There can be no doubt that as a new global civilization emerges, scientific naturalism, rationalism, and secular humanism have something significant to say about the meaning of life Skepticism and Humanism shows how they can to foster democratic values and social prosperity The book will be important for philosophers, scientists, and all those concerned with contemporary issues.

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    One thought on “Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm

    1. Mike M

      I was a big personal fan of this book. This book is a series of essays by the father of modern day secular humanism. It is slightly dry, but if you are interested in learning more about the history and philosophy of skepticism and humanism, as well as its contemporary perspective on issues like ethics, religion, and politics, this book is for you. If you are not already interested or curious, this book may not be your taste.

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