03 February, 2011

Moral scepticism versus Sam Harris's moral realism - ABC Religion & Ethics - Opinion

"In recent years, Sam Harris has become a leading figure in the rational scrutiny of religions and religious cultures, earning himself a place as a prominent "New Atheist," along with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. In The Moral Landscape, he pushes his agenda a step further, examining the nature of morality from a secular viewpoint and offering prescriptions for change.
In particular, he contests the moral credentials of religion, argues against popular understandings of free will, and savages moral relativism.

Though The Moral Landscape contains much technical material from philosophy and neuroscience, Harris makes it accessible. He has an enviable gift for vivid phrasing and clear exposition of difficult concepts, and he undoubtedly has much to teach us. Many passages are timely and convincing. That said, however, morality is a tricky phenomenon, and I am left with reservations."

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Moral scepticism versus Sam Harris's moral realism - ABC Religion & Ethics - Opinion

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