Episode 33 - Eupraxsophy and Philosophy
June 14, 2010
Part One of a continuing course presentation by Center for Inquiry founder Paul Kurtz. In 2006, Dr. Kurtz taught a course entitled “Eupraxsophy and Philosophy” before an audience of adult learners at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational in Amherst, New York. It was the principal course offering in that year’s Center for Inquiry Institute.
“Eupraxsophy” is a word coined by Dr. Kurtz. From Greek roots, it means good practice and wisdom. On his view, secular humanism should be understood not as a philosophy nor a religion but rather as a eupraxsophy.
This course represents a “capstone” career summation of Kurtz’s thinking on secular humanism, ethics, and skepticism.
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. 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.