Part Two of a two-part lecture on the ethics of humanism by Center for Inquiry founder Paul Kurtz. In 2005, Dr. Kurtz gave a lecture entitled “What Is Humanist Ethics?” to an audience of adult learners at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational in Amherst, New York. Secular humanists are often challenged to explain how they can live ethical lives without a belief in a divine lawgiver or an absolute system of right and wrong. This lecture offers an answer to that question and presents many examples of humanistic ethical thinking applied to moral decision-making in the real world.
Paul Kurtz is founder and chair emeritus of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is professor of philosophy emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine. Sometimes called the “father of secular humanism,” he is the author of essential books in the field including Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism, Living without Religion: Eupraxsophy, The Courage to Become, The Transcendental Temptation, and many others.