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Humanism

The Untold Tale
Narrated by: Chirag Patel
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy

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Summary

What is humanism? For a long time, I thought I knew. I was wrong, though. I thought it was a branch of philosophy that had been born in the Renaissance and had become the foundation for the Enlightenment and everything that came afterward. Looking back, I see that that was horribly Eurocentric. Of course, I learned about it growing up in England, so of course I would be told it was European. The real truth is hugely more sophisticated and ancient. Once I began to realise just how much verified contact between cultures there had been over the millennia and how much of what I was told was humanism was a remnant of an older belief system, I knew something closer to the truth.

This is the story of a history and tradition as long and complex as any major religion and far older than most. It has traced a conceptual path around Eurasia, holding onto remnants of each place. Today, part of humanism is the spiritual path trod in India, the ethics born in Confucianist China, and the legal system that came forth in medieval Islam. Secular humanism has hidden much of this history from us. In insisting that humanism is a science-based, post-Enlightenment European project, it has left us without the core spiritual and social components that humanism's rich history has left us. 

This audiobook aims to redress the balance by exploring humanism's path from China, through India, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and finally, Europe.

©2018 Chirag Patel (P)2018 Chirag Patel

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  • Deedra
  • 11-02-19

Humanism

This is an interesting ,yet repetitive short overview on the, history behind Humanism.I found some of the information questionable,but it is a belief system and we do not all believe the same.Chirag Patel was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Stephanie (Bookfever)
  • 25-01-19

a highly fascinating and intriguing topic

Too be honest, before starting this audiobook I only knew the bare essentials about humanism, especially connected to the cultural movement that took place during the Renaissance but I've always wanted to learn more so I'm really glad I had to chance to listen and review the audiobook. It taught me a whole lot more, I loved that!

I'm very particular about the audiobooks I select and as my first one of 2019 so far I was very happy with how it turned out. Chirag Patel (who also is one of the co-writers of this book), was a great narrator and made it really easy to listen to the audiobook. He made me keep interest in it throughout and I never got bored, even for a second.

Whether or not you like nonfiction or even the topic of humanism in general, I'd still highly recommend to give this book a read or listen to it like I did. It's only about 2 hours and 19 minutes long so it was a pretty quick audiobook (for me at least) because it was a highly fascinating and intriguing topic that I think will definitely make its readers think and be even more interested in learning more about it all.

5 interesting facts I learned:

1. Buddhism is one of the first real humanist philosophies
2. The real origins of humanism are spiritual in nature.
3. The first veriable examples of humanist thinkers occurred in around 600 BC.
4. Buddhism is the first ethical system that is virtue based rather than rule based.
5. The focus of Confusionism is behavior, not thought.

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  • Margaret
  • 24-01-19

Loads of content

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. In fact, I need to listen to this book again. There is so much information (with many reference notations) I feel I have not caught all of it. Typically, I listen to books while working or doing chores and generally this does not interfere with my grasp of the book. This one needs more attention paid to it.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Chirag Patel ) and I would listen to another. He reads the content clearly and with enough expression to keep the listener interested.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Teresa
  • 12-01-19

Humanism Matters

Humanism: The Untold Tale was an excellent listen. It was thoughtful and thought-provoking and made me realize that things are far bigger than myself and what I know or have known or been taught. I agree that humanism isn't science-based. This audiobook takes you through the ancient past to the truth of humanism. It's highly detailed and comprehensive. Worthy of five stars. I look forward to a book two on this topic. Very interesting.

Chirag Patel again narrates beautifully. He's easy to follow and understand.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review