1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January-May.
With Leader Anne Klayesen
Humanism is as old as humanity and as necessary a philosophy today as ever. Definitions abound, but novelist Kurt Vonnegut put it most succinctly: “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” As a worldview, Humanism places humanity within, not above or outside, nature. Awareness of our mortality prompts us to learn more about our existence and environment, just as it inspires us to give meaning to our lives. In taking responsibility for our actions, Humanists dedicate ourselves to improving living conditions for everyone.
This course will delve into the history of Humanism, elucidate its key concepts, and address the ways in which this philosophy (and, for some, religion) can guide us in the future. Syllabus and resource materials will be made available upon registration. Guest speakers will introduce participants to varieties of Humanism.