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Humanism

A Beginner's Guide (updated edition)

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Life does not become empty and meaningless in a godless universe.

This is the contention at the heart of humanism, the philosophy concerned with making sense of the world through reason, experience and shared human values.

In this thought-provoking introduction, Peter Cave explores the humanist approach to religious belief, ethics and politics, and addresses key criticisms. Revised and updated to confront today’s great crises – the climate emergency and global pandemics – and the future of humanism in the face of rapid technological advancement, this is for anyone wishing better to understand what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

Writer and broadcaster Peter Cave teaches philosophy for The Open University and City University, London. He chairs the Humanist Philosopher s Group and is often in debate, talking about paradoxes,' while arguing for good reasoning, especially in ethical, political and religious life. He frequently contributes to philosophy magazine, from the serious to the fun, lectures abroad, and introduced BBC radio listeners to a paradoxical fair of fun.

‘A book for our times.’

– Polly Toynbee

‘Peter Cave brings to a serious subject his characteristic wit and humour, as well as wide knowledge and sharp insight. This is a very readable introduction to humanism – and a deeply human one.’

– Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Kent

‘An admirable guide for all those non-religious…who may wake up to the fact that they are humanists… What we have in common is, indeed, not faith but our humanity.’

– Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Emeritus Professor of Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of In Defence of Politics

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