The Humanist Hour #125: John Figdor, Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart

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In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with John Figdor, the current Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University where he organizes events and programs for both students and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the first Humanist Chaplain on the West Coast serving a university community.

John received his B.A. with honors in Philosophy from Vassar College and holds a master’s degree (MDiv) in Humanism and Interfaith Dialogue from Harvard Divinity School. He was an Organizing Fellow of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and former Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, working with Greg Epstein. John is a former Board Member of the Secular Student Alliance, and his work has been discussed in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

In 2014, John coauthored with Lex Bayer the book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century.


  • C.O.W Philosophy major

    this discussion was based largely on a misunderstanding of the term objectivism. It is not equivalent to universalism, in fact all of your arguments against objectivism were against universalism. Universal morality Demands that there is one true set of moral laws whereas Objective morality only demands that there is an objectively best structure through which to form ones morals, and can be contextual