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On Humanism
Richard Norman
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On Humanism

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
What is humanism and why does it matter? Is there any doctrine every humanist must hold? If it rejects religion, what does it offer in its place? Have the twentieth century 's crimes against humanity spelled the end for humanism?

On Humanism is a timely and powerfully argued philosophical defence of humanism. It is also an impassioned plea that we turn to ourselves, not rel
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by Taylor & Francis (first published June 16th 2004)
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Jun 23, 2015 Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good little introduction to Humanism. I have ready many different books of this sort and this was one of the better ones. It focuses more on the philosophical and ethical reasons for humanism, rather than just simply the morals part. He does talk about morals often, but with philosophy leanings. He is very modest in his writing and gives many different viewpoints and other sides' arguments. It does well to give a good overall look at humanism and it's critics and other ways ...more
Dylan Horrocks
Mostly this book irritated the hell out of me, but by doing so it clarified why the brand of secularism that relies on art to replace religion isn't for me.

On the other hand, at one point Norman observes in a casual aside that - of course - religion is after all an artistic creation. That paragraph burrowed into my brain and has been causing all sorts of helpful mischief ever since. As a lifelong atheist, I kind of knew that already. But I hadn't thought about it in quite the way Norman put it
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Oct 01, 2012 Simon Clare rated it really liked it
A very well written account of the numerous facets of humanism. Illustrated the fact that humanism for each of us can be constructed from various philosophies and ways of looking at things. There is no central dogma and it's up to you how your humanism is formed. He gives a brief account of the most relevant issues and doesn't get bogged down while he does so.
Apr 18, 2012 Zachary rated it liked it
It was an interesting read, but I do think it spent a little too much time on
enumerating the issues with religious beliefs and not enough time on the
humanist views. This is personal preference, as some people may have been
looking for the religious coverage, but for me I don't really need convincing
about religion.
Lorraine Hollingsworth
It is as if Richard Norman has taken my beliefs and put them into a book. An amazing answer to any one who says you have to be religous or believe in god to be moral or ethical.
Emma Sea
Made me look at To the Lighthouse with new eyes.
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