The Shape of Humanist Thinking Today


Steve Goldman discusses the history of humanism with a look to its future. He looks at Greek and Roman models of humanism and what was kept alive by the Arabs. He then discusses the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and how humanism prepares the way for a scientific frame of mind and a standard of value grounded in serving human life and the betterment of society.

Goldman is a graduate of the 'Great Books' program. His degrees are in philosophy. He teaches at Portland State University. Goldman has worked on and off as a philosophical therapist. He has written three books: Important Nonsense: Essays in Philosophy; Lines of Thinking in Aesthetics; and Religion, Culture, History: A Philosophical Study of Religion.

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Programs are presented in four broad areas relevant to Humanism:

Human Well Being



Humanities, Culture, and Morality

Sun @ HGP program details -- for this week's speaker follow this link and read the "Next Speaker" announcement on the HGP website home page, left side; for future speakers and activities, click on the "Calendar" button, upper left:

Sunday Morning Schedule:

8:45  Early Bird discussion, choose topic by consensus (Garden Room)

9:45  Children join parents in East Room for simulcast

9:45  Coffee, juice and cookies (Arts and Crafts Room)

10:00 Main program, weekly speakers on topics of interest to Humanists (Keeston Room)

10:05 Humanist discussion, each week a different theme (Garden Room)

11:30 AfterThoughts: engage the speaker over light snacks (Arts and Crafts Room)

11:45 Classes, discussions, musicians, committees meet until 1:00 PM

12:15 Lunch at nearby eatery, all are welcome!

Be sure to peruse our humanist library while you're here -- books available to lend upon HGP membership.

Find more information about the Humanists of Greater Portland by clicking on the sponsor link at the left side of the webpage, then check out the full calendar of activities on HGP's main website.

All Meetup fees are paid by our sponsor through your memberships; donations toward the work of HGP are gratefully accepted.

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  • Joanna

    Yes to polished and charming. And surprising and provocative. Shakes up my thoughts a bit about what humanism is and what it is to be human. Tasty stuff.

    January 19, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Polished & charming

    January 19, 2014

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