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Sep
27
2017

The Real Question: 
Can Philosophy Be Saved?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Susan Haack
I certainly share our editor’s sense that academic philosophy is in bad shape, and his concern for the future of our discipline. But his diagnosis—that, in what he sees as a kind of culture war in our profession, the side that appeals to “awe and transcendence” seems to be winning—strikes me as way off the mark.

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Sep
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2017

Must Humanists Be Naturalists?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Stephen Law
Are secular humanists obliged to sign up to naturalism? Should we define humanism (or secular humanism, as some prefer to call it in the United States) as involving a commitment to naturalism? Many humanists often define humanism that way, of course.

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2017

Fatima: Miracles, Secrets, and Sainthood A Century of Folly


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Joe Nickell
It began on May 13, 1917—a series of “miracles” and “secrets” that three shepherd children claimed the Virgin Mary shared with them in Fatima, Portugal.

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2017

Atatürk Triumphed Over Religion


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By James A. Haught
Under the right circumstances, a brave freethinker can rescue a fundamentalist society and lead it away from oppressive religion. That’s what Mustafa Kemal Atatürk did for Muslim Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Sep
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2017

All Things Bold and Blasphemous


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Tom Flynn
Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day (IBRD)! Secular humanists and other free-speech stalwarts celebrate IBRD each September 30. For more on the observance, see my Introduction to this issue’s cover feature, “Art, Blasphemy, and Humanism”.

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Sep
27
2017

Populism and Its Discontents


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Ophelia Benson
It’s been a cliché of political campaigns for decades that liberals are effete snobs, while conservatives are salt-of-the-earth workin’ folks constantly wounded by the scorn of the pointy-headed intellectuals (a.k.a. the Jews).

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Sep
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2017

Trump in Warsaw and the Long Shadow of Charles Martel


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Russell Blackford
On July 6, 2017, Donald Trump delivered a speech in Warsaw that was clearly intended as a landmark in the fog and swirl of geopolitical debate. The Warsaw speech evoked a vision of global politics, and it gave a suggestion of what Trump’s confusing presidency stands for.

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Sep
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2017

The Blight of Monotheism


Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Shadia B. Drury
Like other U.S. presidents before him, Donald Trump has vowed to defend Western civilization against the menace of Islam. Other presidents defined the values of the West as liberty, democracy, and the rule of law, but Trump has defined them as Christianity, culture, and tradition.

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Sep
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2017

Getting Uncomfortable


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
By Greta Christina
If we’re going to fight the rise of hard Right bigotry in the United States and around the world, we need to be willing to get uncomfortable.

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27
2017

Looking Back: 35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry, Vol. 37 Issue 6


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6
“Perhaps the humanist movement could learn a lesson from Norway . . . the one country where humanism is growing vigorously. . . . What is their strategy? ‘We are not a political party,’ says [Norwegian Humanist Association leader Levi] Fragell.

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