Outline of humanism

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to humanism:

Humanism – broad category of active ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities—particularly rationalism. Humanists endorse universal morality based on the commonality of human nature, suggesting that solutions to our social and cultural problems cannot be parochial.

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Essence of humanism

Main article: Humanism

Humanism entails a commitment to the search for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests. In focusing on the capacity for self-determination, humanism rejects transcendental justifications, such as a dependence on faith, the supernatural, or divinely revealed texts.

Supports

Rejects

Manifestos and statements setting out humanist viewpoints

Humanism asserts that knowledge of right and wrong is based on our best understanding of our individual and joint interests, rather than stemming from a transcendental or arbitrarily local source.

Forms of humanism

History of humanism

Main article: History of humanism

General concepts pertaining to and embraced by Humanism (the life stance)

Agnosticism – Art – Atheism – Common good – Compassion – Creativity – Ecosphere (global ecosystem) – Empiricism – Ethical – Ethics – Evolution – Evolutionary Humanism – Experience – Experimentation – Freethought – Human dignity – Humanitarianism – Human rights – Imagination – Justice – Knowledge – Life stance – Nature – Non-theistic – Observation – Personal liberty – Rationality – Rationalism – Reason – Scientific method – Scientific skepticism – Secular – Social responsibility

Organizations

For more organizations see Category:Humanist associations

Humanism lists

Main article: List of humanism topics

Humanists

Leaders in humanism

Some people who have made a major impact on the development or advancement of humanism:

Other notable humanists

Phillip Adams – Steve Allen – Sir Arthur C. Clarke – Richard Dawkins – Gareth Evans – Richard Feynman – Tim Flannery  – E. M. Forster (see in particular "What I believe") – William Hayden – Thomas Jefferson – Paul Kurtz – Philip Nitschke  – Philip Pullman – Gene Roddenberry – Bertrand Russell  – Carl Sagan – John Ralston SaulMichael Shermer – Peter Singer  – Barbara Smoker – Ibn Warraq – Robyn Williams – E. O. Wilson

See also

Related philosophies

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