The Best of the Best: Paul Kurtz’s Philosophy of Humanism

Floris van den Berg

Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda, by Paul Kurtz (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2010, ISBN 9781412814195) 263 pp. Cloth $39.95.


Humanism, like religion, is a human-made concept, and humanists are aware of and appreciate this fact. Books on humanism can be separated into three categories: (1) a descriptive (historical or systematic) outline of humanism (e.g., Richard Norman’s On Humanism or Peter Cave’s Humanism); (2) a critique of humanism (e.g., John Gray’s Straw Dogs); or (3) a forward-looking, agenda-setting philosophy of humanism (e.g., Corliss Lamont’s The Philosophy of Humanism). Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda by philosopher Paul Kurtz—actually the whole voluminous oeuvre of this author—falls into this third category.

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