December 21, 2007
Paul Kurtz, considered by many the father of the secular humanist
movement, is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University
of New York at Buffalo. As chair of the Committee for the Scientific
Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for
Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books, and as editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry Magazine,
he has advanced a critical, humanistic inquiry into many of the most
cherished beliefs of society for the last forty years. He is a Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has
been featured very widely in the media, on topics as diverse as
reincarnation, UFO abduction, secular versus religious ethics,
communication with the dead, and the historicity of Jesus.
In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Paul Kurtz talks about ethics from a nonreligious perspective, how morality develops, the moral education of children, and whether or not ethics can ever be more than just self-interestedness. He also explains how the question of God’s existence should be immaterial to any discussion of human morality.
Also in this episode, Free Inquiry magazine editor Tom Flynn explores the “reason for the season” as a secular humanist.
Books Mentioned in This Episode:
Living Without Religion Paul Kurtz
The Transcendental Temptation Paul Kurtz
September 14, 2007