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Conclusion: Living on Uncertainties—Pragmatic Humanism as a Way of Life

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

Abstract

What are the prospects of pragmatic humanism as a way of life? Endorsing a thoroughgoing fallibilistic attitude, it encourages us to conceive doubts as provocative and essential for critical thinking. It fosters practicing philosophy in order to examine and transform the self, including a reflection on our relations to other beings and the environment.

Keywords

Uncertainty Humanism Anthropocentrism Self-examination Doubt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Honnacker
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  1. 1.Research Institute for Philosophy HannoverHannoverGermany

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