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November 21-24, 2015

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CO-SPONSORED SESSION: Religion and Humanism Group and Secularism and Secularity Group

Call for Papers: 

Uncovering humanisms, religious and secular, historical and contemporary

Humanism is a complex notion and requires the recognition of a range of ideas--from ancient Greek philosophy and a variety of Renaissance humanisms, to the Christian, Confucian, Enlightenment, and liberal humanisms, or communist and socialist humanisms. This panel invites papers that consider religious and secular humanisms (either or both), to address several important questions such as: Why is it so often assumed that humanism is an inherently secular or secularizing ideal? Why don't we know more about various expressions of humanism that constitute religious traditions? What do the differences and similarities between religious and secular humanisms tell us about the changing nature and ethical premises of humanism? Can humanism, secular or religious, survive the long line of critiques of humanism--from Jean Paul Sartre's ("antihumanist") “existentalist humanism” to Emmanuel Levinas's posthumanism, to Tzvetan Todorov's “critical humanism”? Or, should the contestations of humanistic ideals be seen as part of the history of humanism and an indication of its capacity for revival? We welcome papers that address these questions from historical, philosophical, ethical, or social scientific points of view.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
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