What Is Liberal Humanism?

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Liberal humanism is a philosophical stance that highlights the agency and value of human beings, both individually and collectively. Liberal humanists prefer rationalism and evidence rather than religious faith or established doctrines.

The term “humanism” comes from the Latin “humanitas,” and has been used in the English language since the 19th century. The birth of liberal humanism can be traced back to the Immanuel’s Kant critique of reason and the Enlightenment. Kant’s theories revised the former doctrines and replaced them with critique. His critique of pure reason set the boundaries of the liberal humanism that evolved in the nineteenth century in Europe.