The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

By | January 31, 2018
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Author Sam Harris
ISBN-10 143917122X
ISBN-13 9781439171226
Year 2011-09-13
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Free Press
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Sam Harriss first book The End of Faith ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion In the aftermath Harris discovered that most peoplefrom religious fundamentalists to non believing scientistsagree on one point science has nothing to say on the subject of human values Indeed our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the primary justification for religious faith In this highly controversial book Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge Defining morality in terms of human and animal well being Harris argues that science can do more than tell how we are it can in principle tell us how we ought to be In his view moral relativism is simply falseand comes at an increasing cost to humanity And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra there can be no Christian or Muslim morality Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience along with his experience on the front lines of our culture wars Harris delivers a game changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation

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