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Kurtz, Paul 1925-2012

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Works: 143 works in 579 publications in 6 languages and 23,647 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Controversial literature  Bibliography  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Speaker, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Adapter, Compiler, Commentator, Interviewee
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Most widely held works by Paul Kurtz
Moral problems in contemporary society; essays in humanistic ethics by Paul Kurtz( Book )

28 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American philosophy in the twentieth century : a sourcebook from pragmatism to philosophical analysis by Paul Kurtz( Book )

32 editions published between 1966 and 1973 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The courage to become : the virtues of humanism by Paul Kurtz( )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kurtz offers an optimistic appraisal of the "human prospect" and outlines a philosophy both for the individual and the global community
The humanist alternative : some definitions of humanism by Paul Kurtz( Book )

16 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American thought before 1900 : a sourcebook from puritanism to Darwinism by Paul Kurtz( Book )

20 editions published between 1966 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of selected writings from Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey which reflect American thinking on various subjects
The Philosophy of the curriculum : the need for general education by Sidney Hook( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Skeptic's handbook of parapsychology( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and religion : are they compatible?( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humanist manifestos, I and II( Book )

5 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and Finnish and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines a philosophy of survival, giving humanist views on religion ethics, the meaning of life, civil liberties, democracy - A plea for building a world community
Forbidden fruit : the ethics of humanism by Paul Kurtz( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and Italian and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ethics of teaching and scientific research by Sidney Hook( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of essays deals with two vital ethical issues: (1) in such matters as genetic research, human subject research, and behavior modification, the conflict between freedom in scientific research and protection of the immediate public; and (2) the question of whether ethical guidelines have to be developed for teachers, or academic freedom prohibits such a code. Objectivity is discussed. Contributors include Martin Diamond, Charles Frankel, Robert Goldwin, Henry Novotny, William Van Alstyne, Sidney Hook, Gray Dorsey, Marvin E. Frankel, Bernard Davis, Eugene Wigner, and L.G. Humphreys. (Mse)
The transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal by Paul Kurtz( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the "transcendental temptation" - which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurts explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the nineteenth century, and the paranormal belief systems of today. This acclaimed and controversial book includes sections on mysticism, belief in the afterlife, the existence of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurts concludes by explaining and advocating rational skepticism as an antidote to belief in the transcendental." -- Publisher's description
Decision and the condition of man by Paul Kurtz( Book )

12 editions published between 1965 and 1968 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In defense of secular humanism by Paul Kurtz( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays by Paul Kurtz that offer a closely reasoned defense of secular humanism, arguing that ultraconservatives are not simply attacking secular humanism but also the basic tenets of free society and explaining the benefits of secular humanism in the modern world
The Idea of a modern university( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The University and the state : what role for government in higher education?( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally delivered at the fourth general meeting of University Centers for Rational Alternatives, held at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in December, 1976
Sidney Hook and the contemporary world : essays on the pragmatic intelligence by Paul Kurtz( Book )

9 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sidney Hook : philosopher of democracy and humanism( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and ethics : can science help us make wise moral judgments?( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: In a world confronted by conflicting moral beliefs and values, the question is often raised, "Can science help us to solve our moral problems?" Many people today believe that moral principles are derived from religion. Their critics point out that the great religions often vehemently disagree about what is good, bad, right, and wrong. On the other side of a great divide stand many who say that there are no ethical standards at all and that morality is merely a question of personal taste or cultural relativity. This volume presents a unique collection of authors who generally maintain that science can help us make wise choices and that an increase in scientific knowledge can help modify our ethical values and bring new ethical principles into social awareness. Among the thirty contributors to this volume are distinguished scientists and philosophers, including Arthur Caplan, Mario Bunge, Vern Bullough, Thomas Szasz, Scott Lilienfeld, Susan Haack, and others. Among the wide-ranging topics discussed are bio-genetic engineering, stem cell research, organ transplants, human enhancement, abortion, euthanasia, psychiatry, and psychotherapy. Editor Paul Kurtz maintains that there is a modified form of naturalistic ethics that is directly relevant to both science and ethics and provides guidelines for our moral choices
The new skepticism : inquiry and reliable knowledge by Paul Kurtz( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative book, philosopher Paul Kurtz, one of the world's leading skeptics, explores the dimensions of the "new skepticism," which he labels "skeptical inquiry.""--BOOK JACKET. "An outgrowth of pragmatism, skeptical inquiry differs from earlier forms of skepticism, Kurtz argues, because its motivation is inquiry rather than doubt. Thus the new skepticism is constructive rather than negative."--BOOK JACKET. "Part 1 is a historical review starting with the classical skepticism of the Sophists, Pyrrhonists, Carneades, and others. The beginnings of modern skepticism are then traced back to the Renaissance and the Reformation, and thinkers such as Descartes and Hume. The historical survey concludes with a look at the pragmatism of Peirce, Dewey, Hook, and Rorty, and its postmodernist critics. Kurtz thus paves the way for consideration of skeptical inquiry "a new, more meaningful and justifiable skepticism.""--BOOK JACKET. "In Part 2, "Inquiry and Objectivity," Kurtz critiques the nihilistic and mitigated forms of classical skepticism and the "egocentric predicament." He argues that classical skepticism is no longer viable, given the development of reliable knowledge in many fields of human inquiry. He also maintains that there are objective criteria for testing knowledge claims, and these are often as effective in ordinary life as they are in the sciences. He asks, "Should we not suspend judgment about beliefs for which there is neither sufficient evidence nor adequate reasons?""--BOOK JACKET. "In Part 3, "The Paranormal, Religion, and Fantasy," Kurtz discusses the psychology of belief. He finds that both paranormal and theistic beliefs are based on powerful human dispositions, including the proclivity for fantasy and illusion."--BOOK JACKET. "In Part 4, "The Judgments of Practice," Kurtz demonstrates that skeptical inquiry can be applied to ethics and politics with positive results. He argues that scientific inquiry has already provided a reliable body of tested hypotheses and a cosmic outlook, Moreover, Kurtz points out, critical thinking can provide practical guidance to human action, "--BOOK JACKET. "This book is sure to provoke controversy among skeptics and nonskeptics alike."--Jacket
 
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The Philosophy of the curriculum : the need for general education
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The humanist alternative : some definitions of humanismThe Philosophy of the curriculum : the need for general educationA Skeptic's handbook of parapsychologyScience and religion : are they compatible?Humanist manifestos, I and IIForbidden fruit : the ethics of humanismThe Ethics of teaching and scientific researchThe transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal
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