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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: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879757663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879757663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,980 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.B. Patterson on September 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In Paul Kurtz's view, the new skepticism differs from earlier forms of skepticism because the new motivation is unbiased inquiry into what knowledge is reliable, not, as previously, primarily into raising doubt.
Professor Kurtz comprehensively explores every branch and cranney of how we can reliably know what is what. And does it so very throughly that this book could very well serve as a college or seminary text book on epistemology. He does not limit the inquiry to the standard religious conumdrums, but covers also the limits of science; political doctrines such as 'all men created equal'; and how bolsivick Markism with it's dictatorial impositions, differed from Karl Mark's democratic values and objectives, though both had the same outcome of yielding impoverishment and loss of freedom instead of prosperity.
College debate teams could benefit greatly by reading this book to find ammunition against dogmatic assertions. Churchmen seriously interested in questions about faith will find it useful without equal, so far as I know. As for rating The New Skepticism I give it a five star rank only because there is not a higher level in the scale since it deserves more stars.. It is top quality scholarship, believe it. Prof Kurtz anticipates every possible pro and every possible con. Saving a reader a lifetime of floundering on his own while searching for what knowledge is reliable.
The text is divided into four main sections. Part one reviws skepticism of the past starting with classical Greeks, through Renaissance and Reformatin, Descartes and Hume and continues with modern Pragmatism and post-modern critics.
Part two covers "Inquiry and Objectivity", finding that classical skepticism is no longer viable.
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By Jairo on September 3, 2014
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Great book explaining the beginning of Scientific Skepticism.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Humanist on June 18, 2014
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A classic by the one of the great humanist public philosophers of our time that deserves wide readership. Indeed, many younger "skeptics" and "humanists" would be well served to read this important text today as a corrective to the impoverished "new atheism" that currently holds sway. Paul Kurtz shows how science, ethics, and philosophy bind together to articulate a coherent and robust epistemology (method of inquiry) and moral worldview (ethics) that can be applied broadly to human affairs.
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