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


History Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Arts and Humanities


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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