- any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.
- devotion to or study of the humanities.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) the studies, principles, or culture of the humanists.
- Philosophy. a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.
Origin of humanism
Examples from the Web for humanism
It was the ultimate guarantor of the humanism he advanced against Nazism.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
Gloria Steinem famously said that feminism is, at its core, humanism.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning
July 6, 2014
For all its supposed warmth and humanism, Midnight is completely inhuman to half the population.‘Midnight in Paris:’ I Loathe It
February 9, 2012
Professor Manby speaks for humanism, another point of view in the church.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
But it is now time to speak of humanism at the Italian courts.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
This spirit of humanism, however, is no single motive or feeling.The Psychology of Nations
A word must be said of the humanism which preceded the Renaissance.A History of French Literature
Karl Schmidt says, "Humanism, but not morality, ruled in the Vatican."History of Education
- the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts
- a philosophical position that stresses the autonomy of human reason in contradistinction to the authority of the Church
- (often capital) a cultural movement of the Renaissance, based on classical studies
- interest in the welfare of people
Word Origin and History for humanism
along with humanist used in a variety of philosophical and theological senses 16c.-18c., especially ones imitating Latin humanitas "education befitting a cultivated man." See human + -ism. Main modern sense in reference to revival of interest in the Classics traces to c.1860; as a pragmatic system of thought, defined 1907 by co-founder F.C.S. Schiller as: "The perception that the philosophical problem concerns human beings striving to comprehend a world of human experience by the resources of human minds."