Humanist Society of the Suncoast

Professor of Sociology Frank Furedi answers the question,

'What is Humanism?'

in this short lecture filmed in the WORLDbytes studio. Whilst humanist ideas have been around for a long time, he observes, they have never been more weakly affirmed than at present. In ancient as well as renaissance times thinkers struggled with questions around what forces determine our destiny and began to formulate ideas that human beings themselves, rather than God or nature had a responsibility for making the world. Humanism, we learn, begins to flourish in renaissance Italy and finds more mature expression in the 17th and 18th centuries. Modern determinisms such as 19th century economic determinism or today's eco-determinism, biological determinism or psychological determinism are all really evasions or excuses that diminish our own sense of taking responsibility for what happens. A Humanist outlook should equip us with an orientation towards reason, problem-solving and a healthy skepticism towards determinisms (or the fates) in the present day. Professor Furedi doesn't overcomplicate the issue or use mystifying jargon in this refreshing and enlightening lecture.  Presented in two parts with discussion in between.



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  • Basia

    The video stirred emotion, opinion & thought, but what prompts the comment that there was "agreement about his opinions?"

    January 6, 2014

    • Scooter D.

      I just said we all felt the same way, not what way that was ;) ...

      1 · January 6, 2014

  • Scooter D.

    The video from Furedi sparked a lot of conversation and we all seemed to reach agreement about his opinions.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Jim P.

    Critical thinking exercise was a great success.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Toni B.

    I'll be there.
    Beth, I'll miss both of you. Enjoy the company of your family.

    January 3, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Bruce's daughter and son-in-law will be visiting us, so I'm going to have to miss our monthly meeting )-: . I love seeing his daughter, but I hate missing the meeting.

    1 · December 29, 2013

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