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The Happy Human for HumanismHumanism

Jennifer Hancock is a Humanist activist. In fact, she worked professionally for a Humanist organization from 2001 until 2007. She joined the Humanist movement back in 1994. So, she has a lot to say on the subject.

Collected here are her writings on the subject of Humanism, religion and morality.

Confucianism, Humanism and Equal Rights PDF Print E-mail

Confucianism, Humanism and Equal Rights

Why Humanism is relevant to social development.

Everyone should have the chance to contribute to society

There is an interesting essay in China Daily written by a guy name Thorsten, which leads me to believe he is European – see:  The title of the essay is Europes path to a new Humanism.  The author compares the Confucian system of education and society organization with that which has been in Europe. While I think the author presents a rather simplistic and therefore unrealistic view of what is happening in Europe, I still think this essay is worth contemplating.

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There are no good reasons for your ethics PDF Print E-mail

There can be no reasons

There is no absolute basis for ethics. It is all subjective and it’s all situational. Get over it and get on with trying to be a good person.

Your brain is a gooshy mess. Don't expect perfection from it.

The main drawback of being a “philosopher” for a living is that you have to deal with minutia experts. These are people who are a bit obsessive about making sure everything in their philosophy fits perfectly.  Even if they like something and agree with it in principal and practice it as a person, they feel compelled to seek out the nooks and crannies to satisfy themselves that everything is as they should be. What they seek is a perfect philosophy. The problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect philosophy. 

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Accepting Your Existence PDF Print E-mail

Accepting Existence:

What do nihilism and existentialism have to do with Humanism?

Humanism is a choice

I get asked a lot of questions. Often times they are people who are trying to prove to me that Humanism is a flawed philosophy. I’m not sure what they hope to accomplish. Sometimes I think people are genuinely struggling to make sense of the big existential questions and they don’t know how to solve the problems they have identified as existentially important.
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The 4 Cs of Humanism - Defining Humanism PDF Print E-mail

The 4 C’s of Humanism

Critical Thinking, Compassion, Courage, Commitment

Th 4 Cs' of Humanism

Defining Humanism is such a difficult thing to do. There is no easy way to say – this is what Humanism is and have that be the end of it. It is a life philosophy. It is vibrant and full of nuance, and that’s why it works so well. 

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Humanism and Supernaturalism PDF Print E-mail

Humanism and Supernaturalism

Humanism is a natural philosophy meaning it rejects supernaturalism. Here’s why.

Everything that happens is natural. Supernaturalism is unnecessary.

Every once in a while I get a student who contacts me to interview me for a paper they are doing. The latest was a student who wanted to know what role, if any, supernaturalism plays in the Humanist philosophy. Because I thought these were excellent questions, I’ve decided to post her questions and my answers here.

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Why I do Humanist Outreach PDF Print E-mail

Why I do Humanist Outreach

Humanism is important. People need to know that they have an alternative. And no, just promoting atheism isn’t enough.

I am a Humanist, Jennifer Hancock

I do what I do because I think Humanism is important. I think it can help not only transform the world, but that it can transform people’s lives And not in a pie in the sky kumbayah sort of way, but in very practical pragmatic ways.

Humanism is a philosophy of life. It is an approach. That’s all it is. It is a way of choosing to see the world and an active reminder to ourselves that we should and can be better. Are the assumptions Humanists make about the ultimate nature of reality true? Honestly, it doesn’t even matter. Our focus is to every day try to improve ourselves and who we are with what we have to work with here and now. And we choose this approach because quite honestly, there aren’t any other good alternatives. 

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Humanism and Resiliency PDF Print E-mail

Humanism and Resiliency

Why our heros inspire us to be the best that we can be and why that’s a good thing.

Who is Your Hero?

I was fortunate enough to be included in the latest edition of Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism journal.  Thanks John for including me, I truly am not worthy considering the quality of the articles in the journal.  One of them was from a man named Joachim Duyndam and his essay is titled “Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermenuetics of Exemplary Figures.”

And yes, that is a mouthful.  However, working my way through it I thought he had something very important to say about what Humanism is and how we as Humanists can use it. It has to do with resiliency. Now, there is no good way to cut to the chase on this, so I am going to provide a summary of his arguments.

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Learning from mistakes PDF Print E-mail

Learning from mistakes

Or why Humanism is such a powerfully transformative philosophy

Humanism is really just the applied study of what it means to be a good human being.  It isn’t about dogma or absolute prescriptions for living your life. It is about doing the best you can with the knowledge you have in the here and now and always striving to do better.

What is Humanism?  Humanism is defined by the American Humanist Association as a progressive philosophy of life that without supernaturalism affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Or, to put it another way – life you life to the fullest, love other people and leave the world a better place.

Humanism is also a highly effective approach to human development. It is as much concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. It is probably the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever developed.

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