Freethought Book Club: Albert Einstein: Essays in Humanism

From Amazon: An inspiring collection of the great thinker’s views on a rapidly changing world Nuclear proliferation, Zionism, and the global economy are just a few of the insightful and surprisingly prescient topics scientist Albert Einstein discusses in this volume of collected essays from between 1931 and 1950. Written with a clear voice and a thoughtful perspective on the effects of science, economics, and politics in daily life, Einstein’s writings provide an intriguing view inside the mind of a genius addressing the philosophical challenges presented during the turbulence of the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the dawn of the Cold War. This authorized Philosophical Library ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “What is the situation? The development of technology and of the implements of war has brought about something akin to a shrinking of our planet. Economic interlinking has made the destinies of nations interdependent to a degree far greater than in previous years.” —Albert Einstein, “Towards a World Government” “If we want to resist the powers which threaten to suppress intellectual and individual freedom we must keep clearly before us what is at stake, and what we owe to that freedom which our ancestors have won for us after hard struggles.” —Albert Einstein, “Science and Civilization” Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1940. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he as awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work, Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in shaping the atomic age.

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Most of us have read Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens and Dennett. These authors are incredible, but by far not the first. Humanists and other Freethinkers are heir to a special legacy of robust and dynamic thought and literature. Every first and third Tuesday we get together to examine a classic work in Freethought.

You don’t need to have already read the book, but it helps. We put together a comprehensive presentation on each of the works so that everyone who shows up gets to discuss the book-but we recommend that you read each one in order to get the most out of the discussion, and because it gives you more to share.

We strive to make these books as convenient and affordable. Each session, there will be an Amazon link to the material, and often links to free online pdf files.

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