• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
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What is humanism? (Part 2)

In this second part of his short lecture filmed at the studios of citizen TV channel WORLDbytes, Frank Furedi continues to explore the question of humanism.

Today, society worries a great deal about the psychological and emotional pain people might suffer under any stress or pressure. We live in a world where people are viewed as primarily vulnerable, rather than robust. We are systematically encouraged to think we need help and advice from experts and professionals for just about everything. Our capacities as human beings are constantly being downplayed and degraded in a misanthropic culture in which human achievement and even knowledge is viewed with suspicion and given a health warning.

When humanity is seen like this, it becomes more difficult to trust other people. Frank Furedi illustrates the differences between the putative humanist paradigm and the current vulnerability paradigm we experience today. He discusses the challenge humanists face to humanise personhood and create a more confident society. Furedi explains why we need to uphold a stronger idea of what humanity has been, is and could be capable of.

Watch Part 1 of the lecture here.

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