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"[An] eloquent call for 'humanist eupraxsophy,' a 'practical moral' system based on empathy and scientific knowledge. . . . With vigor and conviction, Kurtz lays out his vision of a civilization grounded in reality and compassion...his final work will give thoughtful readers plenty to think about."

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“Paul Kurtz was a voice for a humane secularism before ‘the new atheism’ became fashionable, and his body of writings constitutes an articulate positive vision of what makes life meaningful, purposive, and worth living. We are lucky that he left us with this highly creative summation of his vision, filled with insights and bits of wisdom.”
 
STEVEN PINKER
 New York Times bestselling author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
 

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616147350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616147358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2014
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First of all I agree with the general content of this book and Paul Kurtz does a good job of describing chance and contingency in the universe and life. There are some parts of the book that are excellent. However overall the writing is just not interesting or compelling. I remember reading Kurtz's Transcendental Temptation many years ago and thinking it was a great book. I was hoping this would be similar, but it was not. I give Kurtz all the credit in the world for the ideas he is conveying in this book, but it simply is not well written.
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I admire Professor Kurtz and his work toward founding CSI. He died too soon, not long after publication. He will be missed. I have mixed opinions about this book. He is basically a philosopher. I am not, and parts of the book go somewhat over my head. But most of it is very good. He gives a very good summation of science and the history of the universe. He also recaps human history and that is also very good if somewhat shaky at times. He could have used a better fact-checker for this part – e.g. it was not Genghis Khan who sacked Rome. His overemphasis on France is forgivable and understandable – he had a French wife and spent much time there. He gets four stars rather than five only because of endnotes in prose – only a few of them, but enough to invoke the penalty.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eugeniu on April 20, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. There were so many good parts to this book regarding humans, the universe, and its implications on humanism, but I think it's most successful in its ability to convince creationists into making public fools of themselves by thinking and claiming that a book that was published on Amazon four days ago (as of this review) and happens not to have any user ratings yet is a book that has really been rejected by the public, since no reviews yet is somehow equivalent to a ZERO rating by the public. This, of course, really implies that every single creationist book on Amazon has or once had a zero rating, and has been rejected by the public. I guess that now that the book has a rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 thanks to two reviews, this is the greatest book ever made, even greater than the Bible, since I can't find a bible on Amazon with a rating higher than 4.5. I highly recommend this book for anyone who found the above irony rather funny.
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By Donald Kemerling on July 16, 2015
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This is one of Paul Kurtz's greatest books.
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