Why do you conflate materialism and Humanism?owl of Minerva wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:30 pm From some accounts it appears that the humanities are under threat in academia from scientific materialism. Humanism should get its act together and decide what it is for rather than harping on what it is against; religion being its favorite target. Religious dogmatism has not had, and still does not have a great track record but neither does materialism. Materialism in action so far has been the herd complicit and cowed; intellectuals in the gulag breaking stones, while a ruling class, not having rejected either the dancing girls: Buddha, or power: Christ, oversees it all. In China people of faith are put in camps and reprogrammed. Maybe it is not in human nature to respect freedom of thought.
The mind, and the role of the mind, in understanding the world; the cosmos; not just matter, has been important in the humanities, especially in philosophy since its inception. The thought of a future generation in a classroom studying Eliminative Materialism: "the mind does not exist; "food was the source of ethics" is daunting.
Do you think Christ is the unique Saviour? If so why? Why not Socrates, or Mandela?
China's history, the story of people in that place, formed the culture prevailing culture there, including the revolution.
The individuals in the Humanist group I attended were open to the humanities as well as to science.