Secular humanism

Secular humanism
a range of ethical views that consider human nature to be the source of values.
• Posthumanism - a development of humanism that rejects a special position in nature for humanity.
• Secular humanism - a system of belief that upholds ethics and reason as the sole means of gaining knowledge. Secular humanists reject blind faith and dogma in favor of scientific inquiry, and most agree that science and rationality can be supplemented with help from the arts. Also known as scientific humanism.
• Transhumanism - (sometimes abbreviated >H or H+) an emergent philosophy analysing or favouring the use of science and technology, especially neurotechnology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, to overcome human limitations and improve the human condition. Dr. Robin Hanson describes it as "the idea that new technologies are likely to change the world so much in the next century or two that our descendants will in many ways no longer be 'human'."
• Democratic transhumanism - a transhumanist philosophy which is generally socially progressive. It also encompasses radical democratic political views.
• Religious humanism - a philosophy based on the integration of religious rituals and/or beliefs with humanistic philosophy that centers on human needs, interests, and abilities (such as art).
• Christian humanism - a philosophy in which human freedom and individualism are compatible with the practice of Christianity or intrinsic in its doctrine. It is a combination of humanist and Christian values.
• Christian existential humanism - a philosophy that argues that humans can make choices based on free will through Christ's teachings.

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  • secular humanism — secular humanist. any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines. [1980 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • secular humanism — noun the doctrine emphasizing a person s capacity for self realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural • Syn: ↑humanism • Derivationally related forms: ↑humanist (for: ↑humanism) • Hypernyms: ↑doctri …   Useful english dictionary

  • secular humanism — noun Date: 1933 humanism 3; especially humanistic philosophy viewed as a nontheistic religion antagonistic to traditional religion • secular humanist noun or adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • secular humanism — /sɛkjələ ˈhjumənɪzəm/ (say sekyuhluh hyoohmuhnizuhm) noun a philosophical approach to life which excludes a belief in God while maintaining a system of morality and ethics. –secular humanist, noun …  

  • secular humanism —  Секулярный гуманизм …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • secular humanism — sec′ular hu′manism n. thl pho rel any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines • Etymology: 1980–85 sec′ular hu′manist, n …   From formal English to slang

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