- the quality of being human; human nature
- any system of thought or action based on the nature, interests, and ideals of humanity; specif., a modern, nontheistic, rationalist movement that holds that humanity is capable of self-fulfillment, ethical conduct, etc. without recourse to supernaturalism
- the study of the humanities
- [oftenH-] the intellectual and cultural secular movement that stemmed from the study of classical literature and culture during the Middle Ages and was one of the factors giving rise to the Renaissance
- An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics.
- An example of humanism is planting vegetables in garden beds.
The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans.
- a. A system of thought that focuses on humans and their values, capacities, and worth.b. Humanism A cultural and intellectual movement of the Renaissance that emphasized human potential to attain excellence and promoted direct study of the literature, art, and civilization of classical Greece and Rome.c. The study of the humanities; learning in the liberal arts.d. Secular humanism.
- Concern with the interests, needs, and welfare of humans: “the newest flower on the vine of corporate humanism” ( Savvy )
(usually uncountable, plural humanisms)
- The study of the humanities or the liberal arts; literary (especially classical) scholarship. [from 19th c.]
- (historical, often capitalized) Specifically, a cultural and intellectual movement in 14th-16th century Europe characterised by attention to Classical culture and a promotion of vernacular texts, notably during the Renaissance. [from 19th c.]
- An ethical system that centers on humans and their values, needs, interests, abilities, dignity and freedom; especially used for a secular one which rejects theistic religion and superstition. [from 19th c.]
- Humanitarianism, philanthropy.
From human + -ism.
- The new humanism agreed with the Renaissance in its unreserved recognition of the old classical world as a perfect pattern of culture.
- Schiller, Humanism (1903); G.
- This return to the ideals of antiquity did not remain confined to Italy, but the humanism of the northern countries presents no close parallel to the Italian renaissance.
- Naturalism of Rousseau and the new humanism is Herder to be found in J.G.
- Humanism implied the rejection of those visions of a future and imagined state of souls as the only absolute reality, which had fascinated the imagination of the middle ages.