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Humanism and Ethical Culture

Is Ethical Culture humanist? 

I try to write this Substack newsletter inclusively of a variety of “heart” humanisms. That includes Ethical Culture (sometimes called Ethical Humanism). I originally wrote this article about 20 years ago and have revised and updated it.

Some members might see the two as the same, but I don’t see Ethical Culture as exactly the same as humanism. The AEU (American Ethical Union, the association of Ethical Societies) officially described itself in the 1960s into the 2000s as humanistic rather than humanist and has, both during and after that time, positioned itself in the wider circle of humanism. Ethical Culture is certainly aligned with and related to humanist organizations.  It would be a mistake simply to equate Ethical Culture to humanism.

Read more: Humanism and Ethical Culture – by Jone Johnson Lewis (