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Tuesday 1 August 2006 Debating Humanism

A collection of essays by contributors to the Battle of Ideas 2005

AUTHOR: Dolan Cummings (editor)

DEBATING HUMANISM is a collection of essays by speakers at the Battle of Ideas 2005, exploring what humanism might mean for the 21st century. More than to sleep and feed, to be human is to debate, to argue, to think out loud and to engage with the ideas and opinions of others. Over time we have developed countless languages, rituals and technologies to help us do this. And a recurring theme of debate is the very question of what it means to be human, and the nature of our relationship to the world, to each other and to gods or God. This has never been an idle debate: it is intimately bound up with how society is organised and where authority lies. Broadly speaking, the humanist tradition is one in which it is we as human beings who decide for ourselves what is best for us, and are responsible for shaping our own societies. For humanists, then, debate is all the more important, not least at a time when there is much discussion about the unexpected return of religion as a political force determining how we should live.


Dolan Cummings: Introduction

Dylan Evans: Secular Fundamentalism

Frank Furedi: The Legacy of Humanism

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn: Morality and the Crisis of Secularisation

Anthony Freeman: Christian Humanism

Kenan Malik: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Identity

Daphne Patai The Fading Face of Humanism

Andrew Copson: Humanism and Faith Schools

Dennis Hayes: Re-humanising Education

Josie Appleton: Recentring Humanity

Simon Blackburn: Humanism and the Transcendental

Bob Brecher: The Politics of Humanism

PUBLISHER: Imprint Academic
ISBN: 1-84540-069-0

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