Paul Kurtz, Atheology, and Secular Humanism

Authors

  • John R. Shook University of Buffalo American Humanist Association Center for Inquiry

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v21i2.111

Keywords:

humanism, secularism, freethinking rationalism, skepticism, religion

Abstract

Paul Kurtz will be long remembered as the late twentieth century’s pre-eminent philosophical defender of freethinking rationalism and skepticism, the scientific worldview to replace superstition and religion, the healthy ethics of humanism, and democracy’s foundation in secularism. Reason, science, ethics, and civics – Kurtz repeatedly cycled through these affirmative agendas, not only to relegate religion to humanity’s ignorant past, but mainly to indicate the direction of humanity’s better future.

Author Biography

John R. Shook, University of Buffalo American Humanist Association Center for Inquiry

Dr. John Shook is research associate in philosophy and instructor of science education at the University of Buffalo. He has worked for several humanist organizations, including the American Humanist Association and the Center for Inquiry, over the past eight years. John Shook is the editor of Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism.

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Published

2014-05-19

How to Cite

Shook, J. (2014). Paul Kurtz, Atheology, and Secular Humanism. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 21(2), 111–116. https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v21i2.111

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