Clarifying Sam Harris’ clarifications
on July 24, 2014 •
This is a good example of the inability, even for Sam Harris, of getting ethics straight in scientific terms. And the approach indicated in this summary don’t solve the problem. Clearly ethics is beyond the reach of current science because it is in a different category of reality. The causal explanation of ethical action trips the contradiction, one that has been discussed over and over again in the wake of Newtonian physics, most notably by Kant. The current generation of scientists tend to be so badly educated they can’t relate to the history of modernity outside of the narrow tracks of scientism.
Ethics requires a individual, his autonomy, and a ‘will’. Without a ‘will’ the discussion of ethics is bastardized and fallacious.