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p. 1Introduction: what is humanism?locked

  • Stephen Law


There are various connotations to the word ‘humanism’. In the broadest terms, it means a system of thought in which human values, interests, and dignity are considered especially important. Today, however, the meaning is more focused. The Introduction outlines seven characteristics of humanism: science and reason are invaluable tools; humanists are either atheist or agnostic; this life is the only life we have; moral values are important; we have individual moral autonomy; our lives have meaning without it being bestowed by God; and humanists favour an open, democratic society with a neutral state.

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