By Dale DeBakcsy
It's TheHumanist.com's popular comic series, The Cartoon History of Humanism, now in book form!
With extra bonus comics, The Cartoon History of Humanism follows the adventures of Dave, who carelessly made fun of a logical positivist when he was a child. As punishment, the logical positivist cursed Dave to wander time and space to converse with humanist philosophers until he learned his lesson.
On his journey, Dave meets an array of famous skeptics, atheists, writers and thinkers who have all influenced humanist philosophy. Readers will no doubt recognize familiar figures such as David Hume, Baruch Spinoza, John Stuart Mill and Leonardo DaVinci. But they may also be surprised to find that Mark Twain, Karl Marx, Mary Ann Evans (pen name George Eliot) and King Ashoka all influenced humanist thought as well. Additionally, audiences can learn more about humanist thinkers such as Arabic philosopher Ibn Rushd, Italian Renaissance leader Isabella d'Esta and Nineteenth Century novelist Fanny Lewald, among numerous others.
Through Dave's humorous time-traveling adventures, DeBakcsy weaves the compelling history of humanist ethics and the brave individuals who defied the religious authorities of their time periods to advance rationality and freethought. The Cartoon History of Humanism is an excellent read for anyone who's looking for an accessible and fun book to acquaint them with humanism, and it will also be a delight to committed humanists who are seeking a fresh and engaging perspective on their familiar philosophical views.
Dale DeBakcsy is the author and illustrator of the bi-weekly column Women in Science at MadArtLab.com, the first two years of which have been collected in book form as The Illustrated Women in Science. He is also the creator of The Cartoon History of Humanism series at TheHumanist.com and is the writer of the Great Lives series for Free Inquiry Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Philosophy Now, American Atheist Magazine and Skeptical Inquirer. Since 2007, he and Geoffrey Schaeffer have co-written the historical webcomic Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy Breaching Time and Space. His first collection of essays, Godless Nerdistry, is available on Amazon. His favorite Avenger is Thor.
"The Cartoon History of Humanism is a brilliant look back at some well known and some obscure trailblazers in humanist history. Anyone interested in where our rationalist seeds where sown and how they bloomed, where crushed, and bloomed again, should pick up a copy of this book now! For the first time in my life I actually understand what a long and rich legacy we base our humanist ideals upon. The Cartoon History of Humanism is an educational and fulfilling read that not only appeals to those in search of easy to grasp historical knowledge- but those in search of art and humor. What a wonderful combination!"
---Amy Davis Roth, Skepchick.org contributor
"...We can pick up so much knowledge while laughing so hard. I swear, my family banished me to another room for cackling out loud so much while supposedly reviewing this gem."
---Stuart Hartill, The Freethinker
"From Arnold of Brescia, the man so important you've never heard of him, to Denis Diderot's book, Jacques the Fatalist and His Master--which changed the entire direction of the author's life--this cartoon history of humanism is pure creative genius. DeBakcsy has produced a delightful textbook case in creativity, containing superior research expressed in a concentrated engaging style, with cute cartoons at no extra expense! If readers don't learn something on every page I would be surprised. My only disappointment is I'll have to wait for Volume Two to read more."
---John Loftus, author and editor of
Christianity Is Not Great
and Christianity in Light of Science
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