Sun, 3 October 2010
Paul Kurtz is one of the prime movers of the secular humanist movement, including his authorship in 1973 of Humanist Manifesto II. Among his accomplishments is the founding of the Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry, Free Inquiry magazine, and Prometheus Books. Kurtz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In this interview, Kurtz discusses the "planetary humanism" he sets forth in his 2010 "Neo-Humanist Statement of Secular Principles and Values: Personal, Progressive, and Planetary”. See also the 1 October 2010 New York Times Magazine feature on Kurtz, which focuses on the tension between Kurtz' long-standing form of secular humanism and that of the New Atheists: “Closer Look at Rift Between Humanists Reveals Deeper Divisions”.