Welcome to the multidisciplinary FEWD research page humanism with focus on CEE !

- Special thanks goes to the CEEOL team!

Already in the 1980th several researcher and member of the civil society movement from the CEE inspired the FEWD team member to focus on this region. 
Hereby especially worth to mention is that the two main FEWD founding and research members Prof. Peter Kampits and Prof. Manfred Wuketits - a multilingual Austrian / Burgenland Croat - teached in the 1980th humanistic philosophy at several CEE universities.

Beside the different multi- and interdisciplinary academic research on CEE, the FEWD received additional inspiration by the already 1952 founded Humanists International and the 1991 founded European Humanist Federation

So, this multi- and interdisciplinary FEWD Humanism project at University of Vienna established two main goals: 
The first is to provide inspiration to people from different academic disciplines as they explore avenues for their own research. 
The second is to encourage rational public discourse and dialogue about humanism, civil society and their social movements. 

Definition of Humanism

"Humanism is a philosophical and ethical worldview affirming that individuals have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Deeply committed to the protection of Human Rights, humanism defends the right for everyone to choose their beliefs, values and lifestyles, subject only to them not interfering with other people's rights."

What is Humanism

"Many people are humanist or follow a humanist lifestance without knowing it. They believe that everyone should be allowed to live in accordance with their own beliefs, subject only to them not interfering with other people's rights. In this section, you can learn more about both aspects of humanism: humanism as a lifestance and humanism as a vision for society."  Source online at the European Humanist Federation

 Annotation: This project honors especially the work of Prof. Manfred Wuketits. He was a specialist on philosophy of biology and ethics. And he supported since 2001 the main FEWD philosophy of liberal secular humanism in an evolutionary naturalistic tradition. Sadly Prof. Wuketits died on cancer in the age of just 63 in June 2018. And not to forget, he loved as Austrian / Burgenland Croats especially the Balkan region.