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Humanism in History of Western Philosophy

  • Jul 6, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Juan Bernal, Ph.D. in philosophy and long-time humanist, will do a power point presentation on the appearance of humanism in western history.  Mr. Bernal issued the following statement on this program:

We shall start with the rise of a humanistic perspective in some of the writings of the Pre-Socratic Greek philosophers. Then I'll remark on humanistic elements in the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Following this, I shall briefly look humanistic aspects of the Hellenistic/Roman period, e.g., Epicurus, the Stoics, Cicero. I shall say a few things about the humanist element during the medieval Christian period, followed by noting the rise of humanism with the Italian Renaissance and its flourishing with the rise of 17th century natural science and Enlightenment. Finally, I'll say something about humanism in the 19th century philosophy, in modern philosophy, and the contemporary scene.
My presentation will focus on humanism as a philosophical perspective, and only peripherally on Humanism, as an organized movement (e.g. AHA). It will be a brief survey of humanism in Western intellectual history.

This survey could be an introduction to a more detailed look at humanism in each period, something I might pursue later in small discussion groups, if enough people are interested in participating such a group study.

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As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Robyn, I will be at the next Americans United meeting on July 14th, Sunday, at the same place. Looking forward to seeing you and others if you are there, too.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Juan for putting so much valuable information together on this topic. I enjoyed everyone's thoughts and questions; they stimulated good conversations at the end of the presentation. Lovely to meet all of you. I will enjoy seeing everyone at the next meeting.

    July 7, 2013

  • Virginia B.

    Thank you, Juan, for your hard work on this excellent presentation. I was amazed at the antiquity of the "seeds" of humanist ideas, how they were lost during the dark middle ages and re-born during the Renaissance, flowered during the Enlightenment, and we enjoy today the fruits of humanistic thought, science and reason. We must not assume that another dark age is impossible. Each in our own way, let's give our support to maintain and grow those achievements.

    July 7, 2013

    • marina y.

      Very well stated Virginia and I agree whole heartedly!

      July 7, 2013

  • Robyn S.

    I enjoyed meeting all of you. Unfortunately, I had to leave early. Did I hear correctly that there is a similar meeting on Sunday, July 14th at the same location?

    July 6, 2013

    • Virginia B.

      The meeting you heard about is the following: Americans United for Separation of Church and State
      Orange County Chapter
      Presents
      Dr. Gordon Babst and Dr. John Compton
      Current and Historical Challenges to Church/State Separation
      Sunday, July 14th at 1:30pm

      1 · July 6, 2013

    • Robyn S.

      Thanks!

      July 7, 2013

  • Juan B.

    Good interaction and discussion.

    July 7, 2013

  • jane

    great!

    July 6, 2013

  • marina y.

    Enjoyed it and I will be back. Thanks

    July 6, 2013

  • Katherine B.

    This is the first talk on Humanism ever for me. The theme was interesting and well thought out. Too bad I only made it into the 17th century in the 2 hours I had to spare. I'm still curious about then until now. I especially liked the presentation on Lucretius.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to the meeting. Thank you for organizing.

    July 5, 2013

  • Panuwat P.

    Hi I'm on N.Bristol st. Santa Ana

    June 25, 2013

  • sferg

    I am a long time a-theist but this will be my first meeting.

    June 23, 2013

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