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A Dictionary of World History

An intellectual movement in which humans are regarded as the centre of the Universe. There is no systematic theory of humanism, but any world-view claiming that people alone supply the true measure of value, may be described as humanist. The relations between humanism and religious thought are complex, but humanism, by virtue of its belief in human perfectibility, contradicts the doctrine of original sin. In this way humanism also has connections with individualism, the notion that the goal for man includes the fulfilment of each person by the cultivation of his or her own individual nature, and with a belief in the possibility of social progress.... ...

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