Episode 1 - What Is Secular Humanism?
December 03, 2012
In tribute to CFI founder Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), whose life will be celebrated at the University at Buffalo on December 1, Center Stage reprises a classic presentation by Dr. Kurtz from the archives. “What Is Secular Humanism?” was originally recorded in 2003. It aired as CenterStage’s first episode on November 2, 2009.
A definitive statement on the agenda and aspirations of the secular humanist movement by Center for Inquiry founder Paul Kurtz. Dr. Kurtz recorded these remarks for distribution to local groups affiliated with the Council for Secular Humanism.“What Is Secular Humanism?” is a question we hear frequently – sometimes from religious traditionalists who associate secular humanism with everything gone wrong in our society, sometimes from ethical critical thinkers who suspect the label “secular humanist” applies to them, but want to know more.
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.