Humanism is the term coined by humanist philosopher Michael Shermer in an essay published in 2011.
He argues that while we have to be careful to avoid “dehumanizing” our own species, it is equally important to make sure that our society is not “de-humanizing,” or dehumanizing our fellow human beings.
A humanist society would include humanists and other nonhumanists, and also a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds.
Shermer argues that a society that embraces humanism is not just better for the world but also a more inclusive society.
Humanism was also once popularized by the philosopher John Dewey.
The term came from the French word “neo,” which meant “not to be.”
The term “neopatriarchal” was first used by British historian Richard Herrnstein in the 1940s.
The Humanist Manifesto, a manifesto written by Shermer, was published in 1984.
Shermed describes the manifesto as “an attempt to define a new political philosophy based on humanism.”
Shermer is one of the most influential humanist philosophers, and has authored dozens of books on humanist topics.
He is also a prominent author of books, including the 2012 book The Wisdom of Crowds.
He has been called “the father of the humanist movement” and “the grandfather of humanist thought.”