Secular Humanism Studies: Prof. Philip Kitcher presents "Religious Progress and Humanist Hope", March 7, 2019

Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, and author of numerous books, including The Advancement of Science, 1993 Oxford University Press; Science, Truth, and Democracy, 2001, Oxford University Press; and Life after Faith, 2014 Yale University Press. 

Title: Religious Progress and Humanist Hope

Abstract: Contemporary atheists tend to denounce all forms of religion as rubbish, to be swept away as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.  Their rhetoric distorts current debates in unproductive ways, diverting people from important ethical questions.  In many societies, including our own, the intrusion of religion into public life is troublesome.  I shall argue that invocations of supposedly sacred texts to defend alleged moral principles are themselves morally flawed.  When this point is clearly understood, it is possible to recognize that religions can make progress as they are reshaped to improve the lives of morally significant beings.  Humanists should join together, across religions and beyond religion.  Secular humanism, I claim, should ally itself with progressive religion, and hope to foster coevolutionary progress.


6:00PM: Mingling Outside of Theatre
6:30PM: Talk Begins
7:30PM: Talk Concludes/Begin Q & A
7:45PM: Event Concludes

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Location: IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, CE 002

March 7, 2019 | 06:00 PM to 07:45 PM

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