Neo-Humanist Statement of Secular Principles and Values
Personal, Progressive, and Planetary
By Paul Kurtz
(Prometheus Books, Paperback, 9781616143541, 61pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Categories: Movements - Humanism
Out of the long and enlightened history of humanism—with its concern to overcome superstition in all its varied forms by employing reason, the scientific method, critical thinking, pluralism, democracy, tolerance, and compassionate caring—has emerged an exciting new antidote to the infectious factionalism that plagues every facet of our lives.
Paul Kurtz and the Institute for Science and Human Values offer the world this compelling Neo-Humanist Statement of Secular Principles and Values as a reasonable, and practical approach to living a vibrant, meaningful, and morally grounded life. Endorsed by over 100 leading scientists and public intellectuals, the statement celebrates the many differences that highlight our uniqueness while emphasizing that we are all members of the human community and we must act cooperatively using transnational institutions if we are to solve our many pressing problems.
The endorsers include Arthur Caplan, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lawrence Krauss, Elizabeth Loftus, Joe Nickell, Jean-Claude Pecker, Steven Pinker, James Randi, Carol Tavris, and Lionel Tiger, among others. Paul Kurtz, a leading humanist advocate, is the chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a humanist laureate, and president of the International Academy of Humanism.
Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and lectured at universities worldwide.