The essays in this volume consider the relevant historical discourses, important contemporary philosophical reflections and artistic perspectives on this subject-matter. The goal is to obtain a multifaceted survey of the concepts, the relationship of the various concepts and their advantages as well as their disadvantages. Leading scholars of many different traditions, countries and disciplines have contributed to this collection.
Nenad Cekić, University of Belgrade - Humanism, State and Freedom: Nozick’s Minimal Humanism?
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University of Belgrade
Humanism, State and Freedom: Nozick’s Minimal Humanism?
A common understanding of the concept of humanism is in many senses unclear. The first impression is that this concept must be “maximal” in its content. The underlying notion is that humanism is a value, which at all costs must be defended, theoretically or otherwise. This kind of humanism we could label as maximal or ideal humanism. There is no doubt that humanism is a value, but the real question is: what kind of value? One possible interpretation is maximal or radical humanism. This point of view implies that humanism is an essential or even supreme goal. However, in the philosophical tradition, we can probably find a much more significant and less demanding form of humanism. That is minimal humanism, which is an important part of philosophical and political theories.
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