Understanding Humanism

History and Influence

Where can we find humanist ideas in history and how have they influenced the modern world in which we live?

Humanist organisations arose in the late nineteenth century. However, humanist thought can be found over 2,000 years ago in ancient India, China, and Greece. It blossomed in the Enlightenment and is widespread today. Humanists have contributed to many changes in society: in education, healthcare, equal rights, and international cooperation.

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Information
Age 11+
A history of humanist thought

From ancient India, China, and Greece, through the Enlightenment, to the formation of the first humanist organisations in the 19th century.

History of Humanists UK

From its foundation as the Union of Ethical Societies in 1896 to the biggest charity representing the non-religious today.

A history of global humanism

The work of humanist individuals and organisations to further peace and international cooperation in the 20th century.

Humanisms of the world

Where around the world can we find a history of humanist thought?

Championing change

What have humanists done to influence the world in which we now live? What impact has their work had on human freedoms, rights, and equality?

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

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Age 14+
A history of humanist thought

From ancient India, China, and Greece, through the Enlightenment, to the formation of the first humanist organisations in the 19th century.

History of Humanists UK

From its foundation as the Union of Ethical Societies in 1896 to the biggest charity representing the non-religious today.

A history of global humanism

The work of humanist individuals and organisations to further peace and international cooperation in the 20th century.

Humanisms of the world

Where around the world can we find a history of humanist thought?

Championing change

What have humanists done to influence the world in which we now live? What impact has their work had on human freedoms, rights, and equality?

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

Films
Age 14+
Humanist history

Tim Whitmarsh from the University of Cambridge talks about humanism in the ancient Greek world.

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Information
Age 16+
A history of humanist thought

From ancient India, China, and Greece, through the Enlightenment, to the formation of the first humanist organisations in the 19th century.

History of Humanists UK

From its foundation as the Union of Ethical Societies in 1896 to the biggest charity representing the non-religious today.

A history of global humanism

The work of humanist individuals and organisations to further peace and international cooperation in the 20th century.

Humanisms of the world

Where around the world can we find a history of humanist thought?

Championing change

What have humanists done to influence the world in which we now live? What impact has their work had on human freedoms, rights, and equality?

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

Films
Age 16+
Humanist history

Tim Whitmarsh from the University of Cambridge talks about humanism in the ancient Greek world.

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