Episode 11 - Affirming the Good Life, Part 1
December 10, 2012
In tribute to CFI founder Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), whose life was celebrated at the University at Buffalo on December 1, Center Stage reprises a classic presentation by Dr. Kurtz from the archives. His lecture “Affirming the Good Life” was originally recorded on February 16, 2005. It aired in two parts as CenterStage’s Episodes 11 and 12 on January 11 and 18, 2010.
Part One of a two-part lecture on living exuberantly without religion by Center for Inquiry founder Paul Kurtz. In 2005, Dr. Kurtz gave a lecture entitled “Affirming the Good Life” to an audience of adult learners at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational in Amherst, New York. For people of a traditional religious perspective, life may be seen as a gift of God. On this view life’s intrinsic value and its savor comes not from within but from outside, from above. Yet secular humanists maintain that human life is inherently valuable, and that rewarding and even exuberant living is within reach of men and women who choose to shape their lives in this world without the aid of religion.
Paul Kurtz is founder and chair emeritus of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is professor of philosophy emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine. Sometimes called the “father of secular humanism,” he is the author of essential books in the field including Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism, Living without Religion: Eupraxsophy, The Courage to Become, The Transcendental Temptation, and many others.