This second collection of essays for the Societas series by Tom Rubens continues the author's discussion of contemporary issues contained in "Progressive Secular Society" (Imprint Academic 2008). The present book is divided into three main sections. The first deals with social, economic and cultural issues; the second with topics which are essentially philosophical; and the third with themes which are chiefly literary. Throughout, the viewpoint expressed is that of secular humanism.
Keywords: Culture, Society, Economy, philosophy, literature, secular humanism, economic reform, liberal culture, meritocracy, Spengler, multiculturalism, political revolution, determinism, prescription, compatibilism, global causation, ethical rationality, Schopenhauer, morality, Russell, Santayana, Hardy, James Thomson, Mill, Nietzsche, secularism, religion, Comte, Weber, poetry, Matthew Arnold