The Moral Landscape

The Moral Landscape

How Science Can Determine Human Values

Audiobook CD - 2010
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"In this explosive new book, Sam Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a 'moral landscape.' Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of 'morality'; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible. Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false-- and comes at 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."--Container.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442300149
1442300140
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Sep 26, 2015

A clearly written argument for the beginning of a science of ethics (thats nothing new, over one hundred years ago they thought that they could do it too). Harris's argument rests on analogies to other sciences, especially medicine; unfortunately, he merely asserts it as an answer to a possible objection and gives little to no argument in favour of it.

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