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date: 17 November 2019

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This article introduces Humanism. It explains what those who organize under that heading mean by the term. It also addresses several common misunderstandings about what Humanism involves. In particular, Humanists need not sign up to utopianism, scientism, materialism, or naturalism. The chapter also corrects the misunderstanding that Humanism is defined wholly in terms of what it is against—that it is not really for anything. It is very much for a great deal. Other common criticisms of Humanism are addressed, such as that it involves a commitment to relativism, and also that it overlooks the fact that religion is socially necessary (to provide an essentially social adhesive, say) and required to provide a moral compass and foundation. The paper concludes with some discussion of, and argument for, a humanist-friendly approach to moral education.

Keywords: Humanism, Humanist, relativism, utopianism, materialism, relativism, scientism, moral compass, moral education

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