Definitions of humanism have evolved throughout the centuries as the term has been adopted for a variety of purposes – literary, cultural and political – and reactions against humanism have contributed to movements such as postmodernism and anti-humanism. Tony Davies offers a clear introduction to the many uses of this influential yet complex concept and this second edition extends his discussion to include:
With clear explanations and poignant discussions, this volume is essential reading for anyone approaching the study of humanism, post-humanism or critical theory.
'Davies knows what he is writing about and knows how to write about it.' - New Humanist
Introduction: Towards a Definition of Humanism 1. The Invention of Humanity 2. From Humanism to Antihumanism 3. Humanists Before Humanism 4. Humanism and Enlightenment 5. The End of Humanism Glossary. References and Related Reading
The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:
With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.