Specific Principles of Humanism
Secular humanism does not prescribe a specific theory of morality
or code of ethics. Secular Humanism is not so much a specific
morality as it is a method for the explanation and discovery of
rational moral principles. We are opposed to absolutist morality, yet we maintain that objective standards emerge, and ethical values and
principles may be discovered, in the course of ethical deliberation.
These documents are part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and
positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what
we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe.
1. Council For Secular Humanism
The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement
2. American Humanist Association
Humanism and Its Aspirations, or Humanist Manifesto III, is the 2003
successor to the Humanist Manifesto of 1933. The product of much
discussion and research among leaders of the American Humanist
Association, it carries the signatures of over 20 Nobel Laureates and
other notables, including staff of the Institute for Humanist Studies.
Humanism and Its Aspirations (Humanist Manifesto III)