Pages: 240
Subject: Philosophy
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld


A Beginner's Guide (updated edition)

Peter Cave

Is it possible to lead a meaningful life without God?
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9780861543564 (7 Apr 2022)
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9781851685899 (12 Jan 2009)
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The Book

Life does not become empty and meaningless in a godless universe.

This is the contention at the heart of humanism, the philosophy concerned with making sense of the world through reason, experience and shared human values.

In this thought-provoking introduction, Peter Cave explores the humanist approach to religious belief, ethics and politics, and the key criticisms levelled against it. Revised and updated to address today's great crises - the climate emergency and global pandemics - and the future of humanism in the face of rapid technological advancement, this is for anyone wishing to better understand what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

Additional Information

Subject Philosophy
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Peter Cave lectures in philosophy at New York University (London) and the Open University. He is the author of numerous articles and many popular philosophy books, including The Big Think Book and Ethics: A Beginner's Guide, both of which are also published by Oneworld. He lives in London. @flossopher


‘A book for our times.'

- Polly Toynbee

‘Peter Cave brings to a serious subject his characteristic wit and humour, as well as wide knowledge and sharp insight. This is a very readable introduction to humanism - and a deeply human one.'

- Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Kent

‘An admirable guide for all those non-religious…who may wake up to the fact that they are humanists… What we have in common is, indeed, not faith but our humanity.'

- Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Emeritus Professor of Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of In Defence of Politics

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