This page is devoted to the study of Humanism and the motivation for ethical living in today's society. You can catch a glimpse at the underlying philosophical principles of humanism here:
Philosophical Principles of
The continuous and steady rise
of democratic societies in the world since the democratic revolutions of the XVIIIth
century makes us recognize political democracy as the moral and practical way to determine
the form of the government and self-rule of the people, i.e., the use of an electoral
mandate to select political leaders to implement the main policies, the right to dissent,
the right to opposition, the rule of law, and the assurance of civil liberties.
This political and democratic revolutionary
process goes hand in hand with the moral revolution leading to the development of ethical
values and norms for our conduct which are both practical and rational, based on our
universal human condition of living in a global society.
The central value for all humans is
self-realization and fulfillment. Thus, all persons are not only equal in their dignity
and value, but also are equal before the law and are entitled to participate in society so
that they are able to achieve a fulfilling life.
All individuals should have a right to
self-determination. Furthermore, they should have freedom of choice and freedom to develop
their own values and lifestyle, as long as they do not deny the same rights to others.
Society should restrict an individual's liberties only in accordance with social needs in
a democratic process. Therefore, tolerance and respect of others becomes another of the
basic moral principles. The right to self-determination, however, necessitates personal
responsibility and moral growth through education and rational, critical inquiry.
Humanism is the intellectual formulation of the recognition of universal morality in a global society with all its freedoms and obligations. Humanism is the moral philosophy concerned with the reality available to us through reason and scientific inquiry. It is an open-ended process that provides answers to human problems.
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