Subject Area: Humanism & Secularism

Foucault’s Anti-humanist Historiography
2001 0-7734-7608-3
This study introduces anti-humanism as the pivotal element in Foucault’s work, and reads his work from an Althusserian, structural Marxist perspective.

Freedom and Sense - A New Shift of Paradigm in the Humanities
2001 0-7734-3375-9
This book by Russian philosopher Grigorii Toulchinsky provides a spiritual summation of the achievements of the twentieth century, and a survey of prospects for further development of the humanities. The author both reviews various philosophical trends and movements, and also engages in discussion and polemics with members of the American, European and Russian philosophical community and also with others standing outside this sphere. In his chapter on postmodernism, for instance, Toulchinsky not only defines the general features of this movement, summarizing its achievement and pointing out the impasse into which it has led. He also comments on the shift of accent in our interpretation of reality (being) from “intellectuality” to spirituality and physicality. A general emphasis on this quality in modern culture is seen in currently widespread consumerism, the cult of health and fitness, the accentuation of sexuality, the flourishing porno-industry, and the formation and promotion of attractive images in advertising, politics, art, and even in religion and science.

From the Polarizing Mind Set to Productive Discussion of Public Policy and Intercultural and Interfaith Relations
2003 0-7734-6589-8
This volume challenges readers to confront constructively the greatest threat to the long-term well-being of society - polarization and fragmentation.

Future of Human Civilization Vol. 1
1999 0-7734-7945-7
This wide-ranging book focuses on why the global spread of formal rationality contributes to a critical spirit which undermines human values and beliefs (including the scientific ones themselves), be they ancient, medieval, modern and now postmodern. This is so in special relation to the model presented here of the seven major dimensions of human existence: the True (knowledge), the Holy (religion), the Good (morals), the Just (justice), the Everyday (consumeristic culture), the Technological (technophilic culture), and the Beautiful (arts and literature). This not only has happened in the Western world, but is spreading to the civilizations of the non-West as well. When carried to its logical conclusion, this undermining will yield what the author refers to as the post-human consciousness after postmodernity, in that humans are nothing in the end, to be someday superseded by post-humans.

Future of Human Civilization Vol. 2
1999 0-7734-7901-5
This wide-ranging book focuses on why the global spread of formal rationality contributes to a critical spirit which undermines human values and beliefs (including the scientific ones themselves), be they ancient, medieval, modern and now postmodern. This is so in special relation to the model presented here of the seven major dimensions of human existence: the True (knowledge), the Holy (religion), the Good (morals), the Just (justice), the Everyday (consumeristic culture), the Technological (technophilic culture), and the Beautiful (arts and literature). This not only has happened in the Western world, but is spreading to the civilizations of the non-West as well. When carried to its logical conclusion, this undermining will yield what the author refers to as the post-human consciousness after postmodernity, in that humans are nothing in the end, to be someday superseded by post-humans.

George Grant's Platonic Rejoinder to Heidegger. A Contemporary Political Philosophy and the Question of Technology
1987 0-88946-715-3
The author provides an in-depth study of the Canadian philosopher's development and contribution to both the philosophical and political implications of contemporary technology. The work examines the relationship of technology and humanism as it encounters civilization and ethics.

Higher Humanism of Wallace Stevens
1991 0-88946-792-7
Offers well-documented evidence for a more classical and philosophically optimistic interpretation of Stevens than has been appreciated thus far. Contains chapters on collected essays, letters and journals, major long poems, major short poems, existing scholarship, and the philosophic tradition in which Stevens should be located.

Historical Development Toward a Non-Theistic Humanist Ethics. Essays From the Ancient Stoics to Modern Science
2015 1-4955-0426-3
This book is a collection of essays written over the years on various philosophical approaches to ethics. It opens with an introduction that surveys the current status of investigations by natural scientists, biologists, and psychologists on the moral behavior of humans, comparing it with the behavior of higher animals. The remainder of the book is subdivided into seven parts, which treat development of moral theories.

How Do We Create a Philosophical Cosmos for Acting Socially and Being Happy?
2007 0-7734-5513-2
In this work the focus is on the cyclical structure of the patterns of social change. According to the Wave Principle, patterns of five waves move in the direction of a trend and three waves move against it. The author presents a theory of agency and sociality that serves as a basis for the wave-like character of social change and the individuality of the component waves of the pattern.

Humanism, Scholasticism and the Theology and Preaching of Domenico De’ Domenichi in the Italian Renaissance
2003 0-7734-6698-3
Domenico de’ Domenichi (1416-1478) was a Venetian-born humanist active in Venice, Florence and Rome, well-educated in the scholastic tradition. He advised Popes Eugenius IV, Nicholas V, Calixtus II, Pius II, Paul II and Sixtus IV on theological matters. Domenichi provides a look at several urban worlds where Renaissance humanism flourished. Even more significantly, his dual intellectual life as both a humanist within the Renaissance tradition and as a theologian within the more medieval scholastic tradition indicates well the complexities of a Renaissance intellectual world critical of the medieval past at the same time those traditions flourished in a world far less secular than once believed. Of Domenichi’s many works – treating theological, ecclesiopolitical, philosophical, devotional and reform issues – his preaching best confronts and integrates the sometimes incompatible multiplicity of intellectual traditions so much a part of Renaissance Italy.

Images of Humanist Ideals in Italian Renaissance Art
2000 0-7734-7804-3
Study about the ideals of humanism as they are manifest in the visual arts. Using, in particular, the notion of dignity as set forth by the well-known humanist Giannozzo Manetti in his book On the Dignity of Man, the author has subjected a number of art works to iconographical analysis. He examines works by Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, among others. The volume offers new iconographical interpretations of ‘old’ images as well as new insights into the interrelationships between artist and humanist. The text suggest that the artist assumed much of the intellectual responsibility of humanism by developing the means of effectively translating its ideals into visually legible terms.

Life and Thought of Marjorie Reeves (1905-2003), Advocate for Humanist Scholarship and Opponent of Utilitarian University Education: An Edition of Her Unpublished Memoirs with an Introduction by Anthony Sheppard
2011 0-7734-1551-3
This work is an edition of the memoirs of the late Dr. Marjorie Reeves, a distinguished scholar of the twentieth century. Reeves combined outstanding achievements in medieval studies with major contributions to educational thinking and policy making in Britain.

Man’s Ascent to Reason - The Secularization of Western Culture
2003 0-7734-6956-7

Medieval Debate on Jean De Meung's Roman De La Rose
1992 0-88946-318-2
This book supports the theory that all the participants in the early 15th-century debate on Jean de Meung's Roman de la Rose were members of the French Humanist movement. It also proposes that the dispute reveals considerable divisions within that movement, illustrated by the acrimonious tones adopted by both sides. Outlines the fortunes of the Roman de la Rose during the period of over 100 years between the time of its completion and the initiation of the debate; discusses the general preoccupations of the protagonists in the debate: the views of Christine de Pizan, Jean Gershon, et al.; and the contents of the debate itself.

New Management of Life
1998 0-7734-8508-2
This volume introduces a new approach to science that seeks to understand life and its management in a prophetic manner. This approach regards the soul and the mind as indivisible parts of humanity. There cannot be an educated mind without an educated soul. It proposes a new model for management to sustain and develop work, arts, families, government, industries.

Philosophical Foundation of Miki Kiyoshi's Concept of Humanism
1995 0-7734-9145-7
This monograph traces an historical, Western influence on Miki's formation of humanism, and then moves to clarify his idea of life as formative. It analyzes his concept of self-awareness as a way of overcoming the standpoint of ego-consciousness. Miki was a student of Nishida Kitaro, and a student of Martin Heidegger in his youth. Other Western philosophers most influential on Miki were Aristotle, Pascal, Marx, and Nietzsche.

Pragmatism and the Rise of Religious Humanism. The Writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975)
2006 0-7734-5817-4
This book primarily contains unpublished writings of Albert Eustace Haydon (1880-1975). This volume includes Haydon’s doctoral dissertation, “The Conception of God in the Pragmatic Philosophy” and The Heritage of Eastern Asia (1932).

Haydon was a sophisticated researcher in the field of Religious Studies and was particularly interested in the modern trends in major religions of the world. He contented that the creative source of all religions was to be discovered in the social and physical struggle for the values of existence. Haydon stressed that the religions face the supreme test of adapting to a new age, while at the same time trying to combat the inertia of their tradition by transforming these ancient ways of thinking and acting.

In the 1920s, religious humanism as a philosophical and religious position was gaining strength in Unitarian circles, especially in the Chicago area. At the University of Chicago, Haydon taught a functional view of religion as humanly created in a variety of forms in the quest for a satisfying life. Haydon was a key contributor in writing Humanist Manifesto (1933) and was also a leader in founding the American Humanist movement. Upon retirement from the University of Chicago, Haydon accepted the role of leader of the Ethical Society of Chicago. It was in this capacity that the addresses and radio talks included in these volumes were presented.

Researchers and others interested in the history of American Humanism or the development of the Ethical movement will discover much of interest in the writings on this pioneering thinker.

Psychology of Social Class in the Fiction of Russell Banks, Denis Johnson and Harry Crews. Neo-Realism, Naturalism, and Humanism in Contemporary Fiction
2014 0-7734-0060-5
A new look at presenting the psycho-social complexes that drive the fictional characters’ sense of selfhood in the works of Banks, Johnson and Crews. These contemporary American writers seek to restore a humanistic viewpoint to such figures in an age of “post-human” devolution of identity.

Religious and Secular Views on Endtime
2004 0-7734-6323-2
Book builds on a sociological approach to cognition, emotions, and constructions of time to show the motivational force of endtime thinking and identity. Six narratives are summarized to illustrate the transformative power of religious narratives by contrast with a scientific and a philosophical narrative. Religious narratives begin with acts of faith in texts and worldview.

Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744). Volume 1, the Early Metaphysics
1991 0-7734-9694-7
In this two-volume work, the author argues that the avant-garde features of Giambattista Vico's thought stem directly from his engagement with theological traditions, and his concern to develop a Catholic apologetic. This claim is established through a much more thorough engagement with all Vico's texts than is usual in the secondary literature in English.

Volume 1 The Early Metaphysics deals with Vico's early writings, where he makes his fullest statements concerning humanist vision and Christian metaphysics. It focuses on Vico's baffling but intriguing outline of a metaphysics in the De Antiquissima Italorum Sapientia. Hints are given concerning the import of the metaphysics for the later writings, and it argues that Vico's thought represents an `alternative', theological modernism, at once more radical and more orthodox than the proposals of Kant and Hegel.

Revolution, Violence, and Equality
1991 0-88946-686-6
Papers selected from those presented at the Fifth International Conference on Social Philosophy, held in Montreal 1989, in celebration of the French Revolution. Topics include "Coersion, Fanaticism, and Violence," "The Enduring Lessons of the French Revolution," "Morality, Liberty, and Equality," and "Social Theory and the Justification of Social Order". Social Philosophy Today No. 3

Rise of Autobiography in the Eighteenth Century
2012 0-7734-2640-X
Bell utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach to studying autobiography in the 18th Century. Making use of religion and philosophy, history and literature, contemporary theory and humanism, his original analysis offers a unique array of disciplinary interpretations of the genre. This book not only deals with autobiography in a thorough manner, it also incorporates historical and philosophical interpretations to the presentation of self in this type of literature. He also demonstrates some of the problems with first person singular writing, which distinguishes this style from other forms of non-fiction, and shows how the philosophical question of ‘what can we know and how can we know it?’ is intimately related to the problem of the ‘self’ and narrative persona.

Sane Society in Modern Utopianism. A Study in Ideology
1989 0-88946-331-X
Traces the birth and development of a modern ideological goal: the "sane" society. Posits that utopian visions of the "perfect society" are ideological in nature, reflecting Western capitalism's exaltation of scientism and instrumental reason. Deals with Mannheim and Marx on sociology of knowledge, Bacon's influence on scientific and sociological theoretical frameworks, and particular utopian models, e.g., Bellamy's "Looking Backwards."

Secular Quest for Meaning in Life. The Denton Papers in Implicit Religion
2002 0-7734-6999-0

Shelley and the Concept of Humanity. A Study of His Moral Vision
1972 0-7734-0327-2
Examines how Shelly's moral sense, and especially his concept of humanity, is expressed in his poetry, as a question of relationship between poetry and beliefs.

Structuralism vs. Humanism in the Formation of the Political Self. The Philosophy of Politics of Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser
2002 0-7734-7159-6

Study of the Complex and Disputed Philosophical Questions Surrounding Human Action
1998 0-7734-7737-3
This study presents a dualist account of the nature of human action, dualist in a modest sense in that it defends the claim that generally actions involve two kinds of components – the physical and the mental – and that the mental components – the experiential awareness – cannot be interpreted in materialist of functionalist ways fashionable of late. The study identifies eleven elements or data concerning our everyday idea of human action. It then gives an account of the voluntary which, in stressing its character as an all-pervasive awareness of what it is like to be doing something as opposed to having things happen to one, neatly avoids the pitfalls of infinite regress associated with ‘acts of will’. The account of motives is fleshed out and defended against various well-known objections. Finally, the study spells out the author’s approach to freedom and indeterminism.

Study on the Idea of Progress in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Critical Theory
2002 0-7734-7281-9
This book challenges the current general mood of disillusionment of belief in progress. By confronting the nihilistic – Nietzsche and Heidegger – and the utopian – Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse – critiques of progress, it pursues a revitalization of the humanist tradition. “. . . an ambitious and challenging book on the philosophy of history that explores the theme of progress from an original perspective. His method is both historical and conceptual, combining an intellectual history of the concept of progress with the development of a number of distinctions within the field of progressive philosophies of history. His work also has a critical edge, uncovering progressive philosophies of history at the core of theoretical works that profess to renounce progress. . . . The core of the book is a fascinating interpretation of the work of Nietzsche with an original and provocative reading of Thus Spake Zarathustra. This makes an important contribution to Nietzsche studies . . . an original and thoughtful contribution to a number of issues currently in the history of philosophy and social theory.” – Howard Caygill