What isn’t humanism?

Sunday February 27th at 7.15pm for 7:30pm

A talk by Luke Donnellan
Director of Understanding Humanism at Humanists UK

Note that this talk will follow a very brief AGM

*** The meeting will be streamed on Zoom only. ***

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Everyone is welcome – please do join us!!

There are many misconceptions about what the word ‘humanism’ means. Some of these stem from the word’s history and the fact its meaning has changed over time. Some are the product of seeing things in black and white: ‘If it’s not that, then it must be this.’  Some worry about the ‘human’ in ‘humanism’ and have called for a rebranding. 

There are also those who define ‘humanism’ in a way that is alien to many humanists and stake a claim to their own definition. Opponents of humanism are able to employ these alternative definitions in order to criticise the humanist movement.

Luke will explore some of these misconceptions and alternative definitions. The better aware humanists are of them, the better prepared we can be for conversations about humanism and the better we can educate people about what humanism means to humanists.

Luke Donnellan is the Director of Understanding Humanism at Humanists UK. He is responsible for romoting the understanding of humanism, especially in formal education settings. He manages Humanists UK’s school speakers programme; teacher training and CPD; and the production of educational resources.