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Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism

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Editor: John Shook, American Humanist Association

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Please note that with immediate effect (May 2018), Equinox Publishing will cease publishing Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism.​ ​We will continue to host the published issues on our site.

Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, founded in 1992, is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal now published twice a year in print and online by Equinox on behalf of the American Humanist Association and The Institute for Humanist Studies.

Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism publishes scholarly papers concerning philosophical, historical, or interdisciplinary aspects of humanism, or that deal with the application of humanist principles to problems of everyday life. EPH encourages the exploration of aspects and applications of humanism, in the broadest sense of ‘philosophical’ as a search for self-understanding, life wisdom, and improvement to the human condition. The topic of humanism is also understood to embrace its thoughtful manifestations across the widest breadth of cultures and historical periods, and non-western perspectives are encouraged. Inquiry into humanism may also focus on its contemporary affirmation of a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms the ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.EPHwelcomes multi-disciplinary approaches that arouse broad interest across the humanities and social sciences, and inspire attention to novel and needed developments to humanistic thinking.

Individual members of the American Humanist Association are able to subscribe to the journal at a special rate. Click here to go to the AHA's site.

Past articles by prominent figures in humanist though include the following:

An Uncompromising Humanism in Iran and Beyond by Maryam Namazie, spokesperson for Equal Rights Now-Organisation against Women's Discrimination in Iran, the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain, and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK

The Hidden Enlightenment: Humanism among US Latinos
Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, USA

Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermeneutics of Exemplary Figures
Joachim Duyndam, Socrates Professor of Philosophy at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Forked Road Ahead: The 'Look' of Black Humanist Community in Action
Sikivu Hutchinson, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, USA

Providence and Anthropomorphism in History and Politics
Joe Barnhart, Professor of Philosophy at North Texas University, USA

Living: African Americans and Humanism
Anthony B. Pinn, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, USA

Images of Nature and Meanings of Life In the Face of Death: an Existential Quest
Christa Anbeek, Associate Professor of Existential Philosophy at the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands

The Metaphysics of the Engineered Environment
Larry Hickman, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University, USA

Indexing & Abstracting
European Reference Index (ERIH Plus)
Philosophy Research Index
The Philosopher's Index
ATLA Religion Database®

Publication and Frequency March and September
ISSN: 1522-7340 (print)
ISSN: 2052-8388 (online)


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