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Challenges to Harris

April 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate
by Sean

Sam Harris gave a TED talk, in which he claims that science can tell us what to value, or how to be moral. Unfortunately I completely disagree with his major point. (Via Jerry Coyne and 3 Quarks Daily.)

Sam Harris Responds
by Sean

Update and reboot: Sam Harris has responded to my blog post reacting to his TED talk. In the initial version of this response-to-the-response-to-the-response-to-the-talk, I let myself get carried away with irritation at this tweet, and thereby contributed to the distraction from substantive conversation. Bad blogger.

Harris’ morality thesis will have to wait on the fuller elaboration in his book, but the opposition from his science peers is par for the course, and perhaps will forestall the probable hype in action better than my partial Kantian perspective.

For a new atheist to start getting ambitious about moral theory is alarming because this cult has done enough harm already, and will be lusting to complete the project of scientism with a reduction of moral thinking.

Current thought, given the religion of Darwinism, is so confused on the question of morality that it would be better to simply shut up. Can’t be hoped for.

Tags: ethics

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 LMT // Apr 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    In a culture that gets ethical wisdom from Peter Singer, the prospects for Sam Harris effort seem bleak

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