Toward a New Enlightenment: Philosophy of Paul Kurtz

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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. Toward a New Enlightenment is 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: "Humanist Ethics: Eating the Forbidden Fruit"; "Relevance of Science to Ethics"; "Democracy without Theology"; "Misuses of Civil Disobedience"; "The Limits of Tolerance"; "Skepticism about the Paranormal: Legitimate and Illegitimate"; "Militant Atheism vs. Freedom of Conscience"; "Promethean Love: Unbound"; "The Case for Euthanasia"; and "The New Inquisition in the Schools."

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Paul Kurtz (1925-2012) was president of Prometheus Books and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York. In addition, he was the founder of the Committee of Skeptical Inquiry, Council of Secular Humanism, and the Center of Inquiry. He was the author of numerous books and articles, including Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm.

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“The editors of this volume . . . have collected some of Kurtz’s most significant essays; these provide an interesting and enlightening opportunity to understand Kurtz’s work. . . . Bullough and Madigan have made an important contribution to secular humanism as a result of this book. It is an essential read.”

—Michael J. Rockler, Free Inquiry

“An interesting and useful collection of significant writings on humanism and the paranormal.”

—Gordon Stein, The American Rationalist

“This book is such a compendium of Humanist wisdom that I consider that all Humanist Societies should have a copy.”

—James Gerrand, Australian Humanist 

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