humanist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj humanist marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare "a humane physician","released the prisoner for humanitarian reasons","respect and humanistic regard for all members of our species"
    • adj humanist pertaining to or concerned with the humanities "humanistic studies","a humane education"
    • adj humanist of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism "the humanistic revival of learning"
    • adj humanist of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion "the humanist belief in continuous emergent evolution"- Wendell Thomas"
    • n humanist a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
    • n humanist an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Humanist A person with a strong concern for human welfare, especially one who emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejecting claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stressing the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism; an adherent of humanism.
    • Humanist One of the scholars who in the field of literature proper represented the movement of the Renaissance, and early in the 16th century adopted the name Humanist as their distinctive title.
    • Humanist One versed in knowledge of human nature.
    • Humanist One who pursues the study of the humanities, or polite literature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humanist One accomplished in literary and classical culture; especially, in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, one of the scholars who, following the impulse of Petrarch, pursued and disseminated the study and a truer understanding of classical, and particularly of Greek, literature. The active enthusiasm of the humanists was the chief factor in accomplishing the Renaissance.
    • n humanist A student of human nature, or of matters of human interest; one versed in human affairs and relations.
    • humanist Humanistic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humanist hū′man-ist a student of polite literature: at the Renaissance, a student of Greek and Roman literature: a student of human nature
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Quotations

  • Walter Lippmann
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    “When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. humaniste,

Usage

In literature:

I describe myself as a 'Humanist.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
But this terrible king 'struck down the noblest of the Humanists, Thomas More, who died the death of a saint, gloriously jesting.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
The Renaissance and the humanistic movement also reveal Jewish influences at work.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
It is in this, the so-called humanistic phase of the Renaissance, that the student of education is chiefly interested.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
However this may be, there is no doubt that Des Periers was a remarkable example of a humanist.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The teaching of the earlier philosophers was exclusively cosmological, that of the Sophists exclusively humanistic.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
For the Italian humanist Poggio Bracciolini see POGGIO.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Hegel was not a romanticist, but a classic; not a naturalist, but a humanist.
"History of Modern Philosophy" by Alfred William Benn
Bergk (Theodor), German humanist, son of the above, b. Leipsic, 22 May, 1812, author of a good History of Greek Literature, 1872.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
Hendrick Laurenssen Spieghel (1549-1612) was a humanist of a type more advanced and less polemical than Coornhert.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
And Joan was nothing if not a humanist.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Was the Scientific Humanist remorseful?
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
Franz Masereel, the Belgian artist, developed his humanist plaint in a series of magnificent woodcuts.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
WOODWARD, W. H. Vittorino da Feltre and Other Humanist Educators.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
He now believed himself in a position to crush not only the Lutheran heretics, but also his humanist critics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
Sandys on the German Humanists.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
Like everyone else on Anvhar you're a Scientific Humanist with your faith firmly planted in the Twenties.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The importance of the humanists, however, was merely as an intellectual leaven.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
It was discovered by an Italian humanist, and lost and rediscovered.
"The Three Impostors" by Arthur Machen
If they were not limited by living in an age of specialization they might even have been humanists.
"The Spell" by William Dana Orcutt
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In news:

Reclaiming ' Humanistic ' Sex Therapy.
With Humanist minister DT Strain.
I have recently been interviewed by Humanistic Paganism: A Naturalistic Marriage of Science and Mythology, a website for pagans with a naturalist worldview.
Compton-bred humanist Kendrick Lamar, killer of beats.
Nominated for this year's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, this surprising, humanist Canadian film about an Algerian immigrant seeking solace for his young students and himself is a winner.
Rachel Carson , the poet-warrior of the environmental movement, did a heroic kind of humanist advocacy science that's easy for artists to love.
Secular humanists are committed to realizing the best that we are capable of as human beings.
He is president of the Washington-based American Humanist Association.
Krohn, the corporate technical officer, says if OkCupid has become a popular space for atheists and a beacon of humanist values, it's a happy by-product.
"I am finally free," said Murad about being a former Nun and becoming an Atheistic Humanist.
Humanists lose Richmond Catholic school fight.
Humanists Challenge Congressional Prayer Caucus.
Indiana Jones and the Perils of Humanistic Decency.
International Humanist and Ethical Union (Max Fisher/Washington Post).
Since humanists do not believe in an afterlife, we don't have the easy comfort of imagining that we'll be with our loved one s again some day.
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In science:

In traditional computer vision, a good scene description is of interest for qualitative, humanistic reasons.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The point here was that a scene description is valuable for quantitative, mechanistic reasons (it allows compression) instead of the qualitative, humanistic reasons.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The gap between the naturalistic or empirical sociology and the sociophysics is perhaps smaller than the one between the naturalistic and the hermeneutic or humanistic social science. A tolerant sociologist can treat the sociophysics as a part of the mathematical sociology.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
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