Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol 21, No 1 (2013)

Ingersoll’s Voice, Adler’s Vision: Motivating Humanists

James Croft
Issued Date: 21 Jul 2014


Humanism, in contrast to traditional religions, often seems to find it difficult to generate moral energy and motivation in adherents. How will Humanists generate sufficient “moral energy” to achieve our societal aims? I argue that Humanism has within it sufficient resources to motivate Humanists to high levels of moral action. I suggest that we must listen to the voice of Robert Ingersoll, learning how to appeal to the emotions and to the full range of “moral tastes” human beings are sensitive to. We should also remember the vision of Felix Adler as we build moral communities and foster moral leadership.

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DOI: 10.1558/eph.v21i1.31


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