In Search of Our Humanity: Neither Paradise Nor Hell

Valerii Aleksandrovi Kuvakin

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Synopsis: Russian philosopher Valery A. Kuvakin reviews the major principles of humanism as the starting point for an overall definition of humanity. Humanism, as definied by Kuvakin, is based on the scientific method, seeks objective knowledge, is anthropocentric, uses reason as its guiding principle, and extolls common sense based on scientifically verifiable knowledge without any restriction from tradition, customs, political systems, or religion.
Arrayed against these humanist values are the "pseudovalues" of the paranormal and irrational faith, and the "antivalues" of greed, corruption, addiction, violence, and environmental destruction. Avoiding both the heaven of our fantasies and the hell of our own making, humanism offers the 21st century the basis for establishing a just, free, and sane society.

From the Inside Flap: Russian philosopher Valerii A. Kuvakin's IN SEARCH OF OUR HUMANITY reviews the major principles of humanism as the starting point for an overall definition of humanity. Humanism, as he defines it, seeks objective knowledge, is human centered, uses reason as its guiding princple, and extolls common sense based on scientifically verifiable knowledge without any restriction from tradition, custom, political systems, or religion.

Kuvakin begins his exploration of humanism and humanity by defining different types of humanism, followed by an analysis of human consciousness and self-consciousness; the relationship between people, their ideas, and their inner world; and the main principles of the humanist worldview.

Kuvakin catalogs both human values--including human rights, to which humanism is particularly devoted--and those values that are arrayed against them: the "pseudovalues" of the paranormal and irrational faith and the "antivalues" of greed, corruption, addiction, violence, and environmental destruction. He concludes with a review of the origins of humanity, its communication with surrounding realities, and its future prospects.

Avoiding both the heaven of our fantasies and the hell of our own making, humanism offers the twenty-first century the basis for establishing a just, free, and sane society.

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