What is Humanism

Recommended Reading

If you would like to further your knowledge on humanism, following is a list of books to guide you on your way.

  • Browne, J. & Neve, M. (ed.1989) Charles Darwin Voyage of the Beagle, Penguin Classics
  • Browne, J. (2018) Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography. Grove Press
  • Bertrand Russell, (2004), What I Believe, Routledge
  • Cave, P. (2009) Humanism: A Beginner’s Guide. London One World
  • Copson, A and Grayling, AC. (2015) The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism. London Wiley and Son
  • Copson, A. & Roberts, A. (2020). The little book of humanism: universal lessons on finding purpose, meaning and joy, London: Piatkus
  • Copson, A. & Roberts, A. (2023) The Little Book of Humanist Funerals, London: Piatkus
  • Dawkins, R. (1989) The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press
  • Dawkins, R. (2006) The God Delusion. London Bantam Books
  • Dawkins, R. (2012) The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True. Black Swan
  • Dawkins, R. , Dennet, D. Harris, S. Hitchens, C. (2019) The Four Horsemen. Random House
  • Dawkins, R. (2020) The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Black Swan
  • Fowler, J. (1999) Humanism: Beliefs and Practices. London Sussex Academic Press
  • Frankl, Vikor. (2004), Man's Search for Meaning What Is Good? Rider Books
  • Gawande,A. (2015) Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine: What Matters in the End. Profile Books Ltd
  • Grayling, AC. (2011) The Good Book: A Secular Bible. London Bloomsbury
  • Grayling, AC. (2003) What is Good? The Search for the Best Way to Live, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Green, K. (1995) The Woman of Reason: Feminism, Humanism and Political Thought. Polity Press
  • Huxley, J. (2015) The Humanist Frame. Andesite Press.
  • Knight, M. (1995) A Humanist Anthology. London Pemberton Publishing
  • K.S Ph.D (2023) "Escape the “Gods”: All of Humanity Worships Ancient Cults The Rise of Religion, the Fall of Ethics, and the Cure. 
  • Law, S.(2011) Humanism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press 
  • Norman, R. (2012) On Humanism. London Routledge
  • Pinker, S (2018) Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. London Penguin Books
  • Rutger Bregman, (2018), Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There. Bloomsbury.
  • Rutger Bregman, 2020, Humankind: A Hopeful History. Bloomsbury



  • Dawkins, R. et al (2012) Introduction to Humanism Part 1. 
  • Fry, S. (2014) That’s Humanism. 
  • Grayling, AC. (2017) The Origins and Future of Humanism.

Audio Podcast

  • Grayling, AC. (2018) HAI 25th Anniversary Lecture ‘The Roots and Fruits of Humanism’      

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