Humanist Anthology

Humanist Anthology When this important volume was first compiled in Margaret Knight brought together a full range of humanist thought to depict the Stoic and Epicurean traditions in the ancient world the writers

  • Title: Humanist Anthology
  • Author: Margaret Knight
  • ISBN: 9780879759575
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When this important volume was first compiled in 1961, Margaret Knight brought together a full range of humanist thought to depict the Stoic and Epicurean traditions in the ancient world, the writers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, as well as significant thinkers in the 19th and 20th century rationalist traditions Acclaimed writer and skeptic James Herrick has updatWhen this important volume was first compiled in 1961, Margaret Knight brought together a full range of humanist thought to depict the Stoic and Epicurean traditions in the ancient world, the writers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, as well as significant thinkers in the 19th and 20th century rationalist traditions Acclaimed writer and skeptic James Herrick has updated this impressive roster by adding novelists Mark Twain and E.M Forester as well as scientists J Bronowski, Richard Dawkins, and David Attenborough Herrick also includes contributions by A.J Ayer, Antony Flew, Sidney Hook, and Paul Kurtz Incisive items from Shelley, Voltaire, T.S Eliot, and T.H Huxley, and many others are also provided.Among the subjects addressed are morality without God, atheism and agnosticism, facing death, the nature of the physical world, ideas of human progress, and the criticism of claims of religion Humanist Anthology provides ample ammunition for those engaged in arguments with religionists as well as sustenance for those who wish to reconsider their own attitudes about life.

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    • Michael says:

      This anthology is a collection of short excerpts (1-2 pages) from the writings of people who may be regarded as humanists (secular) although historically many were very careful not to attract the ire of the authorities by declaring their unbelief openly. She included selections from Confucius, Epicurus, Mencius, Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca, Plutarch, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne, Giodano Bruno, Spinoza. Margaret Knight published the initial anthology in 1961 and James (Jim) Herrick revised the book [...]

    • Dan Wilkinson says:

      An uneven collection spanning the vast but vague philosophy of humanism. Most excerpts are too short to offer any meaningful engagement with the issues, resulting in a book that's merely a feel-good reader for the pseudo-intellectual who wants to truthfully claim to have read Freud, Feuerbach, Hume and Huxley without necessarily understanding the ideas they discuss.

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