Humanism: A Very Short...
Stephen Law
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Humanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #268)

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Religion is currently gaining a much higher profile. The number of faith schools is increasingly, and religious points of view are being aired more frequently in the media. As religion's profile rises, those who reject religion, including humanists, often find themselves misunderstood, and occasionally misrepresented.

Stephen Law explores how humanism uses science and reas...more
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Published January 27th 2011 by OUP Oxford (first published March 1st 2010)
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Sometimes I don't like the term 'atheism' (though at other times I'm a staunch defender). I decided to look for another 'ism' with which to label myself.

At first glance, you might expect this book to be about humanism. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Roughly 90% of this book is dedicated to raising easily dismissible religious arguments (for morality, meaning of life, political philosophy, education, etc.), and then dismissing them. Almost no time is spent looking at more complex religious a...more
Iosephus Bibliothecarius
Presents the central ideas of Humanism in a logical, accessible, and succinct fashion.
Great little introduction to Humanist ethics and worldview.
I have heard a lot of really excellent things about the Very Short Introduction series, and I happened across this one at my university's library.

Humanism is a topic with which I only had the very faintest familiarity, so I'm pretty sure it was a good topic with which I could start. Essentially, I knew that humanism is sometimes used as a synonym for atheism. Essentially, I was right; it didn't take very long to describe the meaning of humanism, so the majority of the book was taken up with the...more
Very disappointing read. Conflates atheism with humanism and gives no real indication that humanism is anything other than an anti-thesis to religion. It might have been called "ATHEISM: A Very Short Introduction" and I would've been immensely satisfied.
Jan Schoehuijs
Beetje een misser.
Had meer een uitleg over humanisme verwacht, maar het werd een cursus godsdienst pootje lichten.
Hans Ollaiver
Kort om Humanism. Inbunden. Brun.
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Stephen Law is a philosopher who teaches at Heythrop College in the University of London. He also edits the journal THINK, a source of philosophy aimed at the general public, affiliated with The Royal Institute of Philosophy.
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