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1. Title Title of document 2. Humanism and the Conquest of Fear - Everyday Humanism
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Dale McGowan; Foundation Beyond Belief;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Philosophy; Religion
4. Subject Keyword(s) humanism; humanist ethics; contemporary ethical issues;
5. Subject Subject classification Humanist & secular alternatives to religion (HRQA)
6. Description Abstract This chapter begins with the startling double-paradox that fear often makes us feel safer while actually increasing our individual and collective risk. Our dysfunctional relationship with fear has a profound effect on everything from parenting to education to entertainment to foreign policy. This essay uses recent research in the social and biological sciences to establish these premises, and then to argue that disentangling ourselves from our addiction to fear is one of the most urgent and progressive humanist projects of our time. It further argues that the history and philosophy of humanism make it especially well suited to inform and encourage this humane undertaking, though a profound refocusing of humanist attention is required.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Nov-2014
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.20491
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Everyday Humanism
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) United States; Western World,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd