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2.0 out of 5 stars Who for if not for me?, 19 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Humanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I was happy to read this my first book on humanism. I was not happy about the way it was written, partly because I can not see who it is for. There are rambling specious pseudo-academic discussions about humanism, religion and morality and their controversies from the 6th century BCE and onwards. I would like an up-to-date introduction because knowledge of the world and universe is quite different from that of only a few tens of years ago. Humanism changes because of this knowledge.
The discussion of a meaningful life is poor. If you can not say what it is why write about it? The illustrations are no help. Ten year old children can understand they could think more. How does a picture of the face of a small old foreign compass help them or anyone else?
A well written introduction might use 8,000 words, the vocabulary of a good newspaper or maybe a high school graduate. My own meagre 80,000 word vocabulary did not include Swiftian satires, apophatacism or catophatacism. Charles Simmonds. M.A. (Cantab)
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