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Science, Humanism, and Religion

The Quest for Orientation

  • Fresh view on the science vs. religion debate

  • Takes an analytic approach to humanism, philosophy, and religion

  • Uses research in psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology


Part of the Studies in Humanism and Atheism book series (SHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Matthias Jung
    Pages 81-106
  3. Matthias Jung
    Pages 133-167
  4. Matthias Jung
    Pages 169-201
  5. Matthias Jung
    Pages 203-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-230

About this book


In the human quest for orientation vis-à-vis personal life and comprehensive reality the worldviews of religionists and humanists offer different answers, and science also plays a crucial role. Yet it is the ordinary, embodied experience of meaningful engagement with reality in which all these cultural activities are rooted.

Human beings have to relate themselves to the entirety of their lives to achieve orientation. This relation involves a non-methodical, meaningful experience that exhibits the crucial features for understanding worldviews: it comprises cognition, volition, and emotion, is embodied, action-oriented, and expressive. From this starting-point, religious and secular worldviews articulate what is experienced as ultimately meaningful. Yet the plurality and one-sidedness of these life stances necessitates critical engagement for which philosophy provides indispensable means. In the end, some worldviews can be ruled out, but we are still left with a plurality of genuine options for orientation.


reductionsim scientism naturalism william james secular

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Campus Koblenz FB 2Universität Koblenz LandauKoblenzGermany

About the authors

Matthias Jung is full professor of philosophy at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science, Humanism, and Religion
  • Book Subtitle The Quest for Orientation
  • Authors Matthias Jung
  • Series Title Studies in Humanism and Atheism
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Humanism and Atheism
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-21491-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-21494-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-21492-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Humanism
    Comparative Religion
    Sociology of Religion
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