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Saint Petersburg Branch of the Russian Humanist Society
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Issue 19

  • Editor's Note is about the moral, judicial, and social price, which Russians have to pay for the coming church and state marriage.

175th Anniversary of M. Shchedrin's Birthday

  • Alexander Kruglov. The Injurious Writer. Author shows that Shchedrin's 'universal' criticism both 'left' and 'write' stupidity and narrow-mindedness makes him uncomfortable both for today's officials and for leading Russian politicians. So Shchedrin became the 'injurious writer' in the eyes of corrupted establishment.

Against Anti-Science

  • Vitalii Ginzburg. Do Not Be Indifferent In Terms of Obscurity. In his speech at the General Meeting of Russian Academy of Science Academician Ginzburg calls for the strong and organized opposition to the pseudo-science, paranormal beliefs, and mass-media misinformation.
  • Edward Kruglyakov. Whether Only Freedom of Speech Mass-Media Needs? On the basis of case studies author shows the lack of responsibility and correctness even those leading newspapers, which claim to be objective and respectable when they ignore scientific expertise reporting about 'supernatural' events.

Big Family - Russia

  • Yurii Pivovarov. Hi-Fi Technologies and Our Prospects. Modern technology and politician's rhetoric can not substitute the urgent need for the moral reconstruction and personal responsibility for everyone's social conduct; what is especially important for the mutual understanding between different generations in Russia.

Magazine Within Magazine: Special Nietzsche and the New Millennium Issue

  • H. James Birx. Introduction. Nietzsche's cosmic vision and evolutionary framework focused on a critical analysis of modern civilization, particularly human values. He boldly proclaimed that "God is dead!" and subsequently envisioned the emergence of a creative and superior overman who is free from religion, theology, and mediocrity. His philosophical worldview has greatly influenced the twentieth century.
  • H. James Birx. Nietzsche, Evolution & Eternal Recurrence. Influenced by Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche accepted the scientific fact of organic evolution. He saw our own species as a temporary link between the past ape and the future overman. His dynamic interpretation of this godless universe argued for the eternal recurrence of this same cosmos.
  • Bill Cooke. Nietzsche & Heidegger. The modern attempt to interpret Friedrich Nietzsche as a postmodern thinker fails to recognize those significant differences that separate his own philosophy from Martin Heidegger's worldview. Nietzsche has contributed to secular humanism through his emphasis on the value of rigorous individualism.
  • Tim Delaney. The Dysfunction of Religion. A critical look at the dysfunctional aspects of religion in terms of war, conflict, intolerance, persecution, irrational beliefs, and social divisions.
  • Timothy J. Madigan. Nietzsche & Schopenhauer: On compassion. Although greatly influenced by Schopenhauer's atheistic philosophy, Nietzsche rejected it's moral emphasis on human compassion, since he saw compassion as a weakness. In sharp contrast, Nietzsche stressed overcoming Christian pity in order to live an active life of creative individualism free from religion and theology.
  • Alexander V. Razin. Nietzsche & Values. In sharp contrast to Kant, Nietzsche called for a rigorous re-evaluation of all values. He offered a naturalistic framework for creating new values in the future. For me, human value judgments need to seriously consider both emotions (especially happiness) and self-realization within a society of shared goals.
  • Stefan L. Sorgner. Nietzsche & Germany. Nietzsche's controversial philosophy has influenced major German thinkers, e.g., Georg Simmel, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, and Peter Sloterdijk. Incorrectly, however, many individuals still associate Nietzsche with Nazism and anti-Semitism.

Debates

  • Leonid Popov. Whether Scientific Atheism Is Scientific? Author argues that the terms 'Scientific Atheism' and 'Scientific Worldview" are contradictory and can not be foundation for the person's Weltanschauung.
  • Valerii Kuvakin. What I disagree With. Science, author proofs, can be the solid ground both for freethinker's and Humanist's worldview if we do not ignore the value status of science and have courage to make responsible intellectual and moral choice of the values of reason and free inquiry.

Essays

  • Svetlana Neugodova. The Attempt of Reconsideration of What We Already Know. Author seeks for the decent platform of the Christian - Humanist dialog.
  • Valerii Khaziev offers his short stories on the various moral situations.
  • Gustav Niebuhr. Defending His Face. Zdravyi Smysl reprints from "The New York Times" this paper on Paul Kurtz.
  • Sergej Khudiev in his paper Secular Humanism In the Eyes of Christian looks for the dialog between believers and non-believers.
  • Vjacheslav Sachkov analyses R. Rilke"s poetry.

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