FreedomThe principle that humans are entitled to rights and freedoms.
EqualityThe principle that humans are equal.
Value of LifeThe view that life is valuable and that the human experience can be wonderful.
NaturalismHumanists embrace naturalism whereby they believe truth can be found in observing nature to determine natural laws and forces.
SocialThe view that humans are social beings that belong together as a collective such as a society or community.
Altruistic MoralityThe belief in a universal moral core of humanity and the view that humans are altruistic and moral. This often takes on an idealistic and euphoric tone.
Human FlourishingThe goal of life under humanism is for human societies to flourish to produce "self-fulfillment." For example, humanists reject the idea that the goal of life is to prepare for an afterlife.
Rational ThoughtThe principle that knowledge is rooted in rational thought, observation, experimentation and experience.
Tradition & CultureAn embrace of all things human and deep respect for human traditions and cultures.
Secular HumanismSecular humanism is a comprehensive worldview that embraces human reason, naturalism, altruistic morality and distributive justice. Secular humanism specifically rejects religion as a basis for morality and decision making while holding the door open for it to be valuable as a tradition and culture.
Religious HumanismReligious humanism is a religious movement characterized by the absence of espoused belief in a God. Religious humanism focuses on serving human needs for ritual and community. Religious humanism is typically based on a number of principles and doctrines regarding human nature, society and the universe in general.
ProgressivismPromotion of aggressive change, progress, science and technology.
Ideology & ReligionModern humanism isn't a succinct philosophy but is rather an expansive ideology and religion as represented by secular and religious humanism. These take a strong position on a broad number of social and philosophical issues such that they offer a complete worldview.
A philosophical tradition based around a belief in human agency, rational thought, naturalism and altruistic morality.