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by Paul Kurtz

Category: Philosophy
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Paul Kurtz
ISBN: 1573921009
ISBN13: 978-1573921008
Language: English
Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 1, 1996)
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266 pages ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index

266 pages ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Introduction : living outside Eden - The failure of theistic morality - Ethical inquiry - The common moral decencies - Excelsior : the ethics of excellence - Responsibilities - Education for character and cognition - Human rights - Privacy - The tree of life.

Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible .

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.

Paul Kurtz's "The Ethics of Humanism" is an excellent book showing an alternative to the mind- rape known as religion. As eloquent and insightful as Paul Kurtz can sometimes be, however, he seems to regard his own moral reasoning as THE "reasoned" morality. In such chapters as "The Common Moral Decenies" and "Excelsior, The Ethics of Excellence" Kurtz provides an excllent defense of Humanistic principles and shows that life can indeed have a positive affirmative outlook.

Forbidden Fruit book. This is the path that leads to the discovery of significant ethical truths that can guide both self-reliant conduct and consideration for the rights of others.

Paul Kurtz's "The Ethics of Humanism" is an excellent book showing an alternative to the mind- rape known as religion

Paul Kurtz's "The Ethics of Humanism" is an excellent book showing an alternative to the mind- rape known as religion. Indeed, to champion the Promethean ideal of living an automonus ethical life, is lost today in the world bombarded by theism, and Kurtz I feel does a nice job of trying to be Pro-humanist instead of anti-theist

Paul Kurtz - 1988 - Prometheus Books. Troubling Problems in Medical Ethics the Third Volume in a Series on Ethics, Humanism, and Medicine : Proceedings of the 1980 and 1981 Conferences on Ethics, Humanism, and Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Paul Kurtz - 1988 - Prometheus Books. Forbidden Fruit Versus Tainted Fruit: Effects of Warning Labels on Attraction to Television Violence. Brad J. Bushman & Angela D. Stack - 1996 - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 2 (3):207. Marc D. Basson, Rachel E. Lipson, Doreen L. Ganos & Humanism Medicine Conference on Ethics - 1981. Forbidden Subgraphs in Terms of Forbidden Quantifiers.

Forbidden Fruit is Kurtz’s attempt to show how this is possible According to Kurtz, To ground ethics in God only pushes skepticism one step backward and does not advance the argument (149).

Forbidden Fruit is Kurtz’s attempt to show how this is possible. Taking his title consciously from Genesis 3, he affirms an ethic which is based on a scientific and naturalistic theory of nature and human nature and is grounded in the rational knowledge of good and evil (16). He says boldly, Eating of the fruit of the tree of life gives us the bountiful enthusiasm for living. According to Kurtz, To ground ethics in God only pushes skepticism one step backward and does not advance the argument (149). Furthermore, many people who profess belief in God neglect their moral duties and actually break moral principles.

This is the path that leads to the discovery of significant ethical truths that can guide both self-reliant conduct and consideration for the rights of others.

Автор: Kurtz Paul Название: Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of. .Автор: Kurtz, Paul Название: What Is Secular Humanism?

Автор: Kurtz, Paul Название: What Is Secular Humanism?

PDF Paul Kurtz will be long remembered as the late twentieth century’s . Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism (1987). His later books re-affirmed this secular humanism with bold confidence

PDF Paul Kurtz will be long remembered as the late twentieth century’s pre-eminent philosophical defender of freethinking rationalism and skepticism,. This trilogy stands as the last complete. atheology produced in the western world. His later books re-affirmed this secular humanism with bold confidence. Secularists do not look to salvation and confirmation of the afterlife as their. overriding goal, but rather focus on temporal humanist values in the here and now –.

How does uncritical devotion to scripture limit human ethical development? What are the dangers of fundamentalist thinking? Why do most traditional religions fear examination and freethought? Why is a new ethic so important if we are to fulfill our potential? Feast your ears on the answers to these provocative questions in the audiotape version of Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism.

Fundamentalists of all religious persuasions would have us believe that morality is impossible without belief in God. Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is not only possible but that such an approach can lead to a higher ethical level. We must be nourished by the "forbidden fruit", the knowledge of good and evil, if we are to make informed choices. We must also eat from the tree of life to discover significant moral values to guide our conduct and develop our potential for a bountiful existence. This path leads to self-reliant conduct and consideration for the rights of others.

Comments to eBook Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism
Xirmiu
Wonderful book. I am a MD, working always FOR life. Paul* made me clear the actual meaning of that word, much more than a word the only and great reason of being. Neat concepts that rounded my view of the humanity. After reading this book I had a "revelation" , I AM HUMAN. Enough for happiness and nothing else is needed. Read the book and all will live better.
* never knew him, what I regret, but he got inside me so deeply that I see him like my elder brother that is why I call him just Paul.
Zahisan
Dr. Kurtz is a humanist and presents his thoughts and beliefs in "Forbidden Fruit." He present in a straight forward manner how one can and should live as human beings. The book is easy reading and written in a clear manner. He discusses how people can have a moral relationship without belief in God. Good reading.
watchman
I consider Paul Kurtz one of the great philosophers of history. He not only philosophized with an excellent mind, but he worked to improve humanity, with tireless organizational efforts. Forbidden fruit is, in Biblical terms, fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Refuse to be forbidden.
Nawenadet
I'm halfway through the book and treasure it already. In simple, direct language it offers a reassuring and even comforting rationale for leading an ethical life without benefit of a religion of any kind. Never shooting at easy targets in a condescending way, he instead exposes the folly of accepting any of the various religious myths as revealed truth. Anyone who has struggled to escape the iron jaws of organized religion will, I think, embrace this book as eagerly as I do.
Erennge
I would like to say that I have enormous respect for Paul Kurtz and that I essentially agree with everything he espouses. I am an agnostic who believes that religion is a force mainly for ill. But he has written better books than this one.
Unlike The Transcendental Temptation, where Mr. Kurtz masterfully strips religion & pseudo-science of their pretensions & delusions of grandeur with damning evidence, Forbidden Fruit comes up a bit short & a little inconsequential in comparison. As a general introduction to Humanist ethics, it's fine. To be sure, Kurtz does spend a lot of time aptly demonstrating the ills & immorality of religious thought. He also capably describes how ethics are human inventions & obviously not ordained from high. I completely agree with these observations.
Unfortunately, some of his observations are as ill-considered as those of any mystic or creationist.
Aside from quibbles like these, this is an excellent book written by a giant of Humanist thought. I definitely recommend it to those considering abandoning outmoded religious thinking and fanaticism. Speaking of these, I would humbly request that the reviewer from "stationed overseas" remain stationed overseas. We have enough close-minded religious fanatics in the US as it is.
Yozshujind
Paul Kurtz's "The Ethics of Humanism" is an excellent book showing an alternative to the mind- rape known as religion. In such chapters as "The Common Moral Decenies" and "Excelsior, The Ethics of Excellence" Kurtz provides an excllent defense of Humanistic principles and shows that life can indeed have a positive affirmative outlook. Indeed, to champion the Promethean ideal of living an automonus ethical life, is lost today in the world bombarded by theism, and Kurtz I feel does a nice job of trying to be Pro-humanist instead of anti-theist. I refrain from giving the book 5 stars because at times I feel Kurtz is a bit too technical in explaining his arguments and at times the book can be a little tedious. However, do not let these minor criticisms stop you from reading, in my opinion, one of the most influental books of contemporary ethical philosophy that I've ever read. This book will leave you with a feeling of an affarmation for the joys of life, an apprecation for autonomus ethical principles and a solid foundation on which you can life a life of principle and purpose without a belief in god. Purchase this book not only for yourself, but also for those who have been trapped in the delusion known as religion.
Talvinl
This book is solid evidence that atheists do consider issues of "right and wrong" to be real, and important; that they have strong opinions about them; and that they can argue well, and at length, for their opinions.

As eloquent and insightful as Paul Kurtz can sometimes be, however, he seems to regard his own moral reasoning as THE "reasoned" morality. The evidence of history is that there are multiple opinions on moral issues, among those who base their opinions on "fact and reason" as well as among those who base their opinions on "faith and scripture."

Before reading, I already agreed that there is a rational basis for morality that does not depend on the existence of, or instructions from, a supernatural God. I was hoping to find new arguments for that, and found myself disappointed. This book isn't going to prove anything to religionists who insist that God is the foundation of all morality, because evidence does not affect basic assumptions. Basic assumptions affect how evidence is perceived. The most dogmatic religionists are more likely to avoid this book altogether, or to be immediately alienated by it (as demonstated by an earlier one-star review).

So far, I like Kurtz better as an editor than as an essayist. The case he attempts to make here seems to me to be made better in his compilation of other people's essays, Moral Problems in Contemporary Society. Moral Problems in Contemporary Society: Essays in Humanistic Ethics,

For a rational examination of the actual basis for the human moral sense, I recommend The Moral Sense by James Q. Wilson. It not only has more of science in it than Paul Kurtz's book of opinion, it is also not framed as a head-on conflict with religion. It is easier to appeal to reason when you do not gratuitously arouse emotional issues. The MORAL SENSE
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