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Meaning and Value in a Secular Age: Why Eupraxsophy Matters - The Writings of Paul Kurtz Paperback – June 26, 2012
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"With his pioneering spirit and relentless efforts, Paul Kurtz has done more to advance a positive image for a secular society devoid of religion than any other person in our generation and perhaps in history. In an era like ours of angry atheists he is a breath of fresh air. Eupraxsophy does matter if we want to change our world. This may be his most lasting contribution, so it's wonderful to have all of these essays spanning his career together in one volume. Very highly recommended."
-John W. Loftus, author of Why I Became an Atheist
"A rich collection of Paul Kurtz's writings, this book presents a full picture of the philosophy of humanism. Kurtz is at his best in displaying and defending the humane values that underlie his thought."
-John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
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Nathan Bupp (Amherst, NY) is the vice president of communications for the Institute for Science and Human Values. He is a former vice president at the Center for Inquiry and former associate editor of Free Inquiry, where his articles and book reviews have been published. He is a contributor to Dewey's Enduring Impact, edited by John R. Shook and Paul Kurtz.
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The key point of eupraxsophy "is the centrality of praxis or conduct; not philosophy, not the love of wisdom, but the practice of wisdom." (pp. 351-52) Distancing himself from ethical emotivists like A.J. Ayer, atheist existentialists like Sartre, and postmodernists like Rorty, and sounding a great deal like Sam Harris in The Moral Landscape,and Richard Carrier in The End of Christianity before them, Kurtz maintains "we can and should bring the best philosophical and ethical wisdom and scientific knowledge to deal with problems of practice," (p. 340) that is, with living a meaningful and valuable life. Distancing himself from analytic philosophers he argues with Marx that the goal of philosophy is not just to understand the world but to also change it. And he says he has "devoted the lion's share of my intellectual life to the application of philosophical analysis to concrete moral and social questions." (p. 341) He describes himself as a "practitioner of pragmatism," a "pragmatist's pragmatist, testing pragmatism itself in pragmatic terms" as an "eupraxsopher." (pp. 349-350) For as he argues, "It is simply not enough, and surely destructive, to destroy ancient beliefs and customs by negative criticisms...Because even if the existing beliefs are false or nonsensical, we surely need to fill the vacuum and to assuage the hunger for meaning, truth, and value: and we need to test new departures in ideals and practices not simply cognitively, but in terms of human needs, attitudes, and emotions.Read more ›
Modern Humanism is moral, naturalistic, nontheistic humanism, a worldview or personal philosophy that obliges Humanists to depend on themselves, society, and the writings of pagan, agnostic, and atheist philosophers to find meaning and purpose in life. Humanism is not a formal philosophy but a collection of philosophies that find meaning in individual lives and actions.Read more ›
I would most highly recommend this rather heavy volume to my fellow freethinkers around the globe. If you are serious about secular humanism, this book is a must!