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Humanism 101 Study Group - Meeting #2 - The Philosophies of Humanism

Humanism 101 Meeting/Discussion #2 – All are welcome!

Subject: The Philosophies of Humanism

The purpose of Humanism 101 is to offer a humanist education program for the membership and friends of SHSNY, for our friends at the Community Church of New York (CCNY), and for the larger NYC freethought community. It is open to all who are interested in studying humanist history, philosophy, ethics, ideas, and ideals.

The Humanism 101 program is a course of study, led (not lectured) by me—based on the three-year course I am currently completing at the Humanist Institute—in what I hope will be stimulating Socratic dialog based on readings done by you prior to each session. -- John Rafferty

Suggested Readings for Meeting/Discussion #2:

Online at

Humanist Manifestos I, II and III

IHEU Minimum Statement on Humanism

Fred Edwords: The Humanist Philosophy in Perspective


Paul Kurtz (Ed.): The Humanist Alternative (Scan and select three or four essays that most interest you)


Louise Antony (Ed): Philosophers without Gods (Essays 1 and 17 mainly; skim the rest, focus on what interests you)

Note: If you haven’t completed the reading, you may come and audit the discussion – all are welcome! — JR

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