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Book Title: The Philosophy of Humanism|
The author of the book: Corliss Lamont
Edition: Humanist PR
Date of issue: April 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780931779077
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Reader ratings: 3.2
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The size of the: 9.60 MB
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I enjoyed this book, and I thought it did a good job of explaining a philosophy that I really knew very little about. If I were to pick one creed to follow, this would probably be about it. Believe in human reasoning and science and don't follow spirituality or superstitions. Live for the here and now, not an afterlife. And do what you can so that we all have the best experience possible in our short and brutal life spans. If I have a criticism, however, it's that Lamont overreaches in what his philosophy has to offer. In much of the book it seemed like he was responding to his critics, and building his case even if the evidence didn't always support it. For instance, does anyone really believe anymore that human reason can lead to a utopia on earth? Doesn't it seem more like at this point that we're going to destroy it, instead? Also, if people are matter just like everything else, and follow scientific laws and are devoid of souls, wouldn't that mean that we don't have free will? How could we judge anyone's actions any more than a volcano exploding or lighting striking? Lamont glosses over these questions, and it's the one part of the book where he seems to ignore the scientific evidence he collects. Besides these issues, however, the book is convincing and makes a strong case that secularism can be both positive and moral.
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Read information about the authorAmerican philosopher and Soviet Union apologist.
In 1930s he wrote a book praising the Soviet Union.
In 1936 he started the magazine Marxist Quarterly. In 1937 he endorsed Josef Stalin and the trial outcome of the Moscow trials against Leon Trotsky.
Lamont was a key founder of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. He served as its first chairman from 1943 to 1947.
Lamont ran for the U.S. Senate from New York, in 1952 on the American Labor ticket and come in fourth.
In 1959, Lamont became an enthusiastic supporter of Fidel Castro and his revolutionary government in Cuba.
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