“[T]he publications of Paul Kurtz’s
Affirmations is welcome and timely…this eloquent and comprehensive summary of humanism as 'joyful and creative exuberance’ is, simply put, the most stirring and useful manifesto presently available, both for humanists themselves and for those wondering what modern secular humanism amounts to in practice…Paul Kurtz’s manifesto is a healthy reminder of why the principles of secular humanism matter and of how we can enrich our lives and the lives of those around us by making them matter in action.”
In this optimistic, life-affirming book, philosopher Paul Kurtz succinctly outlines the main characteristics of happiness. Centered on human concerns and employing rational and scientific methods to determine objective truth, Affirmations is dedicated to the development of individual potential.
Emphasizing that the good life is achievable by everyone, Kurtz has coined the term eupraxsophy,
based on Greek roots and meaning “good conduct and wisdom in living.” By using critical thinking, he shows how wisdom can be applied to a life of commitment and passion.
Regarding the perennial search for happiness, Kurtz affirms that secularism holds great promise. Through creative action in the pursuit of goals focused on the enhancement of human welfare, each person has the best chance of realizing a meaningful life of joyful exuberance.
Kurtz goes on to show how this realistic and fulfilling life stance is expressed in various human endeavors:
- achieving excellence
- joyful exuberance
- being a good parent
- loving another person
- a good marriage or civil union
- finding meaning in life
- striving for a beloved cause
- facing death with courage
- creating a planetary community
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Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of the Institute for Science and Human Values and Prometheus Books. He was also the founder and chairman emeritus of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and lectured at universities worldwide.