Philosophy for Living: Humanist Values

Study the history of ideas as a foundation for gaining an understanding of ethical living.
Program No. 23765RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Why and how do humans develop moral values? Explore the philosophy of humanism and the spectrum of humanist thought as expressed in various humanist traditions. Discuss the ethics of moral development and find out how humanism approaches theological questions about God and the afterlife. Explore the ideas of modern-day humanists like Richard Dawkins and Gloria Steinem. Come away with a better understanding of scientific and ethical theories, and use them to analyze human behavior and practice applying them to your own pursuit of the “good life.”
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Sitting for no more than an hour at a time in a classroom; optional hikes. Leisurely walking along groomed trails.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn critical thinking skills and apply them to ethics and the quest for happiness.
  • Learn to put humanistic philosophical ideas and principles to work through discussions with fellow participants.
  • Enjoy educational nature hikes near the base of Mount Snow as you take full advantage of your serene natural setting to enhance your appreciation of the great outdoors
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Fred Edwords
Fred Edwords began his humanist activism in 1977 as a volunteer leader of the Humanist Association of San Diego. He then served 15 years as the executive director of the American Humanist Association, 12 years as editor of the Humanist magazine, and six years as national director of the United Coalition of Reason. He is a member of the Broader Social Impacts Committee for the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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