●THE TURBULENT UNIVERSE●
ONE MAN’S VISION AND LASTING LEGACY.
A POSITIVE CALL FOR A PLANETARY ETHICS.
“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.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
In this optimistic, life-affirming book, philosopher Paul Kurtz succinctly outlines the main characteristics of happiness. Centered on human concerns and employing rational and scientific methods to determine objective truth, Affirmations is dedicated to the development of individual potential. Emphasizing that the good life is achievable by everyone, Kurtz has coined the term eupraxsophy, based on Greek roots and meaning “good conduct and wisdom in living.” By using critical thinking, he shows how wisdom can be applied to a life of commitment and passion.
more than three decades, philosopher Paul Kurtz has been a
strong advocate of skepticism, not only as a philosophical
position, but also as a fulfilling way of life. Contrary to
the view that skepticism is merely a negative, nay saying,
or debunking stance toward commonly held beliefs, skepticism
as defined by Kurtz emerges reborn as “skeptical inquiry”—a
decidedly positive philosophy ready and able to change the
world. In this definitive collection, editor John R. Shook
has gathered together seventeen of Paul Kurtz’s most
penetrating and insightful writings. Altogether these essays
build an affirmative case for what can be known based on
sound common sense, reason, and scientific method. And as
each essay cogently and convincingly explains, so much can
be known, from the natural world around us to the moral
responsibilities among us.
Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible, without belief in religion. In this original and penetrating book, Kurtz delineates the means by which humanity can transcend the limitations of traditional religious loyalties and achieve a higher stage of ethics. The ultimate key to the good life, Kurtz writes, is to eat of the fruit of the second tree in the Garden of Eden - the tree of life - discovering for ourselves the manifold potentialities for a bountiful existance.
●SCIENCE AND ETHICS●
In a world confronted by conflicting moral beliefs and values, the question is often raised, “Can science help us to solve our moral problems?” This volume presents a unique collection of authors who generally maintain that science can help us make wise choices and that an increase in scientific knowledge can help modify our ethical values and bring new ethical principles into social awareness. Editor Paul Kurtz maintains that there is a modified form of naturalistic ethics that is directly relevant to both science and ethics and provides guidelines for our moral choices.
●SCIENCE AND RELIGION●
In recent years a noticeable trend toward harmonizing the distinct worldviews of science and religion has become increasingly popular. Despite marked public interest, many leading scientists remain skeptical that there is much common ground between scientific knowledge and religious belief. Indeed, they are often antagonistic. Can an accommodation be reached after centuries of conflict? In this stimulating collection of articles on the subject, Paul Kurtz, with the assistance of Barry Karr and Ranjit Sandhu, have assembled the thoughts of scientists from various disciplines. Among the topics discussed are the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, intelligent design and creationism versus evolution, the nature of the "soul," near-death experiences, communication with the dead, why people do or do not believe in God, and the relationship between religion and ethics.
●THE NEW SKEPTICISM●
argues that there are objective standards for judging truth
claims in science, ethics, and philosophy. Of special
interest is the application of the new skepticism to
paranormal claims such as reincarnation and faith healing,
and to religious beliefs, ethics and politics.
●THE TRANSCENDENTAL TEMPTATION●
In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the "transcendental temptation" - which undermines critical judgement and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the 19th century, and the paranormal belief systems of today.
●LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION: EUPRAXSOPHY●
Kurtz is one of America's foremost expositors of humanist
philosophy. In Living without Religion he has
introduced a new word to describe humanism - eupraxophy.
Derived from the Greek roots eu (good), praxis
(practice), and sophia (philosophical and scientific
wisdom), eupraxophy means literally "good conduct and wisdom
in living." Eupraxophy draws upon the disciplines of the
sciences, philosophy, and ethics - yet it is more than
these. Not simply an intellectual position, eupraxophy
expresses convictions about the nature of the universe and
how to live one's life with commitment and dedication. It
thus combines both a cosmic outlook and a life stance. Kurtz
maintains that the eupraxopher can lead a meaningful life
and help create a just society, and he offers concrete
recommendations for the development of the humanism of the
●Dewey's Enduring Impact: Essays On America's Philosopher●
By John R. Shook and Paul Kurtz, Editors
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