The Transcendental Temptation

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  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Pages : 516 pages
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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The Transcendental Temptation

The Transcendental Temptation
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 10 September 2013
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In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions,

Exuberant Skepticism

Exuberant Skepticism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 29 October 2010
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For more than three decades, philosopher Paul Kurtz has been a strong advocate of skepticism, not only as a philosophical position, but also as a fulfilling way of life. Contrary to the view that skepticism is merely a negative, nay saying, or debunking stance toward commonly held beliefs, skepticism as defined by Kurtz emerges reborn as "skeptical inquiry"—a decidedly positive philosophy ready and able to change the world. In this definitive collection, editor John R. Shook has gathered together

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 29 October 2010
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Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible, without belief in religion. In this original and penetrating book, Kurtz delineates the means by which humanity can transcend the limitations of traditional religious loyalties and achieve a higher stage of ethics. Fundamentalists deny the possibility of ethics without belief in God. Conservatives rail against secularists. Yet belief in God is no guarantee of moral virtue - as the

Exuberance

Exuberance
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 13 May 2015
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Happiness is within everyone's grasp and is only a matter of making the right choices. Taking destiny into one's own hands and having the creative audacity to strive, seek, and meet challenges is the essence of life's drama and exaltation. Life per se has no meaning; it only presents opportunity to be seized and acted upon, thus paving the way for personal achievement and the full life. Paul Kurtz, in Exuberance, shows his readers how to banish drudgery from life

Toward a New Enlightenment

Toward a New Enlightenment
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 17 April 2018
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Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central issues that have concerned Kurtz throughout his career: ethics, politics, education, religion, science, and pseudoscience. The chapters are linked by a common theme: the need for a new enlightenment, one

Meaning and Value in a Secular Age

Meaning and Value in a Secular Age
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 26 June 2012
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The secular age has confronted human beings with a fundamental challenge. While the naturalistic worldview rooted in science has persuasively shown that traditional religious conceptions of the universe are unsustainable, it has so far offered no compelling secular narratives to replace the religious narratives so entrenched in civilization. In the absence of religion, how do thoughtful contemporary individuals find meaning in a secular world? In this book, philosopher Paul Kurtz argues for a new approach that he calls eupraxsophy. Kurtz

Living Without Religion

Living Without Religion
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release : 20 January 1994
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Paul Kurtz was one of America's foremost expositors of humanist philosophy. In Living without Religion he introduced a new word to describe humanism - eupraxophy. Derived from the Greek roots eu (good), praxis (practice), and sophia (philosophical and scientific wisdom), eupraxophy means literally "good conduct and wisdom in living." Eupraxophy draws upon the disciplines of the sciences, philosophy, and ethics - yet it is more than these. Not simply an intellectual position, eupraxophy expresses convictions about the nature of the

The Courage to Become

The Courage to Become
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 20 January 1997
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Kurtz offers an optimistic appraisal of the "human prospect" and outlines a philosophy both for the individual and the global community.

In Defense of Secular Humanism

In Defense of Secular Humanism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release : 20 January 1983
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A collection of essays by Paul Kurtz that offer a closely reasoned defense of secular humanism, arguing that ultraconservatives are not simply attacking secular humanism but also the basic tenets of free society and explaining the benefits of secular humanism in the modern world.

The New Skepticism

The New Skepticism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release : 20 January 1992
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Kurtz argues that there are objective standards for judging truth claims in science, ethics, and philosophy. Of special interest is the application of the new skepticism to paranormal claims such as reincarnation and faith healing, and to religious beliefs, ethics and politics.

Skepticism and Humanism

Skepticism and Humanism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release : 20 January 2022
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As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect. Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to rising standards of living, affluence, and cultural freedom on a worldwide basis. Paradoxically, at the same time ancient authoritarian fundamentalist religions have grown in vitriolic intensity along with bizarre New