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Atheism, Gender, and Sexuality  

Melanie Elyse Brewster

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Nov 2013
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Jul 2013
The present article explores scholarship regarding links between atheism, gender, and sexuality. A review and analysis of available theory and research is presented through a social ... More

Can Humanism be the Social Norm?  

Sharon D. Welch

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Feb 2020
Assaults on truth and divisions about the nature of wise governance are not momentary political challenges, unique to particular moments in history. Rather, they demonstrate fundamental ... More

Humanism Against Religion  

David Kline

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Feb 2020
Focusing on the broad epistemological and political effects of humanism in the modern West beginning in the European humanist movements of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, this ... More

Humanism and Aging  

Peter Derkx and Hanne Laceulle

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Jan 2020
Humanism, as a meaning frame, is defined by four characteristics: human agency; human dignity; self-realization; and love of vulnerable, unique, and irreplaceable persons. A humanist view ... More

Humanism and Class  

Sikivu Hutchinson

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Jul 2020
Although early twentieth century humanist discourse was informed by an explicit emphasis on class and socioeconomic redress, contemporary iterations within “organized humanism” have been ... More

Humanism and Enlightenment  

J. Brent Crosson

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Sep 2020
Humanism and Enlightenment are words associated with the birth of rights-bearing Man. Yet this birth was accompanied by the rise of another Enlightenment concept: race. This chapter ... More

Humanism and Environmentalism  

Dan McKanan

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Feb 2020
Humanists, affirming that humanity is a “part of nature,” have urged responsible action on such problems as overpopulation and global warming since humanist organizations were created in ... More

Humanism and Film  

Sheila J. Nayar

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Apr 2020
This chapter explores the multifaceted relationship of humanism to film, without ever losing sight of the irony inherent in that context: humanism’s compulsory inter-animation with ... More

Humanism and Higher Education  

Jeffrey J. Kripal

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Jul 2020
The chapter begins with a brief history of higher education, primarily in Europe and the United States. Such a history is traditionally traced back to ancient Greece, moves through medieval ... More

Humanism and Humor  

David Feltmate

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Oct 2019
This chapter provides conceptual tools for mapping the role of humor in humanist communities. First, it sets parameters for the study, emphasizing humanist organizations’ self-definitions, ... More

Humanism and Music  

Christopher Driscoll

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Jan 2020
This chapter explores the relationship between humanism and music, giving attention to important theoretical and historical developments, before focusing on four brief case studies rooted ... More

Humanism and Race  

Christopher Cameron

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Jan 2020
Academic studies of humanism often ignore questions of race and both the existence and significance of non-white humanists. At the same time, scholarship on race and religion fails to ... More

Humanism and Sport  

Eric Bain-Selbo

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Feb 2020
Play is a fundamental characteristic of the human condition, one that manifests itself prominently in the practice of sport. In this chapter, readers are introduced to the concepts of play, ... More

Humanism and the Conceptualization of Value and Well-Being  

Philip Butler

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Jul 2020
This chapter explores the relationship between humanism and well-being through the lens of value. Several conceptions of well-being will be explored. The first is Peter Derkx’s description ... More

Humanism and the Human  

Joseph Winters

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Jan 2020
This chapter engages humanism and its fundamental assumptions by working through critical theory, black feminism, and black studies. It contends that there is a tension at the heart of ... More

Humanism and the Renaissance  

John Monfasani

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Jul 2020
Both the Renaissance and humanism have anachronistically taken on meanings today that betray their historical reality. Emerging from the peculiar lay professional culture of medieval Italy, ... More

Humanism and the Visual Arts  

J. Sage Elwell

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Jan 2020
The Renaissance marked the emergence of scientific naturalism. Implicit in this naturalism was the replacement of supernatural explanations of the cosmos with the belief that the world ... More

Humanism in East Asia  

Chun-chieh Huang

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Jun 2020
This chapter discusses types of Confucian humanism in East Asia, their manifestations, functions, and shared core value. First of all, it differentiates two types of Confucian humanism: (a) ... More

Humanism in the Americas  

Carol Wayne White

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Jul 2020
This chapter provides an overview of select trends, ideas, themes, and figures associated with humanism in the Americas, which comprises a diversified set of peoples, cultural traditions, ... More

Humanism in the Medieval World  

John R. Shook

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Jul 2020
The centuries covered in this chapter extend from the end of antiquity to the start of the Renaissance; roughly from the sixth century through the fourteenth century. Humanist ideas and ... More

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