Inherent Worth and “Somebodyness”

with Hugh Taft-Morales

“Somebodyness” was a term that Martin Luther King Jr. used to ground his dedication to advancing civil and human rights. How is this concept similar to, and different from, other approaches to the uniqueness of human beings? How does it draw from Kantian concepts of worth, Thomas Jefferson’s emphasis on inalienable rights, and various religious concepts of dignity? Hugh Taft-Morales explores how “somebodyness” helps him honor Ethical Humanism’s commitment to the “inherent worth” of every person.

Hugh Taft-Morales is the Leader at Ethical Society in both Philadelphia and Baltimore. He embraces Ethical Culture as a relational and inspirational humanist alternative to traditional religion. Through humility, empathy, and reason, it tries to deconstruct systems of oppression, nurture community, and create a more ethical world. Hugh taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D. C., after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership. In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the AEU in 2010. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Maureen. They have three wonderful adult children – Sean, Maya, and Justin. Hugh’s hobbies include yoga, playing guitar, singing, and watching way too much sports

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Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
269 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
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Feb 25 2024


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


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