Toward a New Enlightenment

Toward a New Enlightenment

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Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central issues that have concerned Kurtz throughout his career: ethics, politics, education, religion, science, and pseudoscience. The chapters are linked by a common theme: the need for a new enlightenment, one committed to the use of rationality and skepticism, but also devoted to realizing the highest values of humanist culture. Many writings included here were first published in magazines and journals long unavailable. Some of the essays have never before been published. They now appear as a coherent whole for the first time. Also included is an extensive bibliography of Kurtz's writings. qToward a New Enlightenment qis essential for those who know and admire Paul Kurtz's work. It will also be an important resource for students of philosophy, political science, ethics, and religion. Among the chapters are: qHumanist Ethics: Eating the Forbidden Fruitq; qRelevance of Science to Ethicsq; qDemocracy without Theologyq; qMisuses of Civil Disobedienceq; qThe Limits of Toleranceq; qSkepticism about the Paranormal: Legitimate and Illegitimateq; qMilitant Atheism vs. Freedom of Conscienceq; qPromethean Love: Unboundq; qThe Case for Euthanasiaq; and qThe New Inquisition in the Schools.qThe Warrens figured prominently in the aquot;Amityville Horroraquot; and other aquot;demon possessionaquot; cases. Ed Warren claims to be a aquot;demonologistaquot; a€” there are only six or seven in the United States a€” and Lorraine is a medium. The Warrens maintain anbsp;...

Title:Toward a New Enlightenment
Author: Paul Kurtz
Publisher:Transaction Publishers -

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