Secular Humanism


Secular humanism is an attempt to offer a common moral vision based on a nonreligious conception of what is most truly ‘human’.

Keywords: secular humanism; bioethics; pluralism; humanism; genetic choice


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Further Reading

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Engelhardt, H Tristram, and Rasmussen, Lisa M(Sep 2006) Secular Humanism. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005890]