(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.
- Recycling, on the basis that it will be good for humanity.
- 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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- A (noun) humanitarian (also called humanist) is an advocate of humanism or humanistic views.
- Also called:
- secular humanism
- Word origin of “humanism” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Herrick, Jim. 2005. Humanism: An Introduction. Amherst, NY: Prometheus.
- Knight, Margaret, ed. 1995. Humanist Anthology: From Confucius to Attenborough. Rev. ed. Amherst, NY: Prometheus.
- Zeitlin, Irving M. 1984. The Social Condition of Humanity: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
- The Association for Humanist Sociology
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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 March 26, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
humanism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “humanism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 26, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“humanism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/humanism/>.