Goldstein, Grayling among Winners of Secular Humanist Forkosch Awards

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2015
Contact: Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director - 207-358-9785

The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of its 2014/2015 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the best humanist books and magazine articles to appear during this period. These prestigious awards will be presented at the Center for Inquiry’s upcoming Reason for Change conference, to be held in June in Buffalo, New York, which will feature speakers including Richard Dawkins and Susan Jacoby (see for details).

For 2013, the Morris D. Forkosch Award for Best Book will go to A. C. Grayling for his book The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism (Bloomsbury USA). An accomplished British philosopher, educator, and columnist, Grayling’s many other works include The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century, and Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life without God.

For 2014, the award will go to novelist and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away (Pantheon). Goldstein, whose books include the novel The Mind-Body Problem and the nonfiction Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave Us Modernity, will also be the keynote speaker at the Reason for Change conference.

The Selma V. Forkosch Award for Best Article for 2013 will be given to Luke Galen and Jeremy Beahan for their June/July 2013 article “Does Religion Really Make Us Better People?,” which shows that heavily-promoted studies that claim religion’s positive impact on socially desirable traits such as charity and honesty also demonstrate that strongly-held convictions of a secular nature have similarly powerful influence over these traits.

The 2014 Forkosch Award for best article will be given to Andy Norman for his October/November 2014 article “Reason Unhinged: The Religious Subversion of Civil Accountability,” which forcefully argues for religion’s irrelevance to public discourse and its “corrosive” influence on civil society.

Established in 1988, the Morris D. Forkosch Award recognizes the best humanist book of the year and carries an honorarium of $1,000. The Selma V. Forkosch Award recognizes the year’s outstanding article in Free Inquiry magazine, the Council’s flagship journal, and carries a prize of $250.

The presentation of the Forkosch Awards will take place during the conference banquet on the evening of Friday, June 12, 2015. The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry.

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