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Title

Humanism as a Way of Life: Liberals, Cultural Reform, and the Humanist Movement in the 1930s and 1940

Department

History Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

In the period between the world wars, a variety of intellectuals linked their projects of social criticism and hopes of social transformation to humanism, a word that evoked the Renaissance revival of classical learning and the ascription of dignity to man as a product of nature. For others, it simply meant a naturalistic understanding of humans and their place in the universe. Traditionalist critics of modern hedonism self-identified as New Humanists but so did a group of liberal-minded Unitarian ministers and divinity students (allied with philosophers such as John Dewey and Roy Wood Sellars) who were advancing a non-theistic religion that eschewed supernaturalism and uphold liberal social values. .

Conference Name

2013 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Conference

Conference Location

Irvine, CA

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