humanism

(noun) The doctrine that emphasizes the potential and welfare of people through the use of critical thinking and rationality—independent of religious belief or control by supernatural forces.

Examples:

  1. Recycling, on the basis that it will be good for humanity.
  2. Studying sociology to understand how people and society function, which then forms a basis for recommendations as to how to help humanity through applied sociology.

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Usage Notes:

  • A (noun) humanitarian (also called humanist) is an advocate of humanism or humanistic views.
  • Also called:
    • humanitarianism
    • secular humanism

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How to Cite the Definition of Humanism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

humanism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“humanism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/>.