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Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of Prometheus Books, the Institute for Science and Human Values, the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and has lectured at universities worldwide.


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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; y First edition edition (May 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879750138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879750138
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,680,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PAUL KURTZ (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values as well as the founder and chairman emeritus of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and lectured at universities worldwide.

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Paul Kurtz (1925-2012) was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist, who was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has written many other books such as In Defense of Secular Humanism, Exuberance - Your Guide to Happiness & Fulfillment, Eupraxophy: Living Without Religion, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1973 collection, "does [Humanism] have a positive message? Can it contribute to man's moral good and ethical uplift? Can it provide meaning and direction for the good life?... This symposium was initiated with these problems in mind... Those who contributed to this volume represent a wide spectrum of Humanist opinion in the world today. They are primarily philosophers, psychologists, social scientists, ethical and religious leaders. Among the themes they discuss are historic roots of Humanism, the general problem of definition, the relationship of Humanism to ethics and morality, Humanism and religion, Humanism and atheism and Humanism on the world scene... If there is a common thread running throughout this volume, it is the conviction that Humanism is committed to the method of reason as the chief means of solving problems and the belief that mankind can suvive and humans can enjoy a significant life." (Pg. 6-7) Contributors include Edwin H. Wilson; Sidney Hook; H.J. Eysenck; B.F. Skinner; Antony Flew; Corliss Lamont; and Paul Kurtz himself.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I found this book, and it offered no pleasant surprises. It is a collection of mostly dull, tedious, and repetitive essays. There is very little real meat here, just pages and pages of nice writing and many of the same points repeated. This is certainly not worth reading even for the occasional interesting parts.
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