The Moral Landscape

Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith—that a moral system cannot be based on science.

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781439171219

Category: Religion

Page: 291

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Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith—that a moral system cannot be based on science.

The Moral Landscape

In this highly controversial book, Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge.

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409011143

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Sam Harris's first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people - from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists - agree 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 false - and 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.

Military Robots

This book provides a comprehensive and unifying analysis of the moral, political and social questions concerning the rise of drone warfare.

Author: Jai Galliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317096002

Category: History

Page: 280

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Philosophers have wrestled over the morality and ethics of war for nearly as long as human beings have been waging it. The death and destruction that unmanned warfare entails magnifies the moral and ethical challenges we face in conventional warfare and everyday society. Intrinsically linked are questions and perennial problems concerning what justifies the initial resort to war, who may be legitimately targeted in warfare, who should be permitted to serve the military, the collateral effects of military weaponry and the methods of determining and dealing with violations of the laws of war. This book provides a comprehensive and unifying analysis of the moral, political and social questions concerning the rise of drone warfare.

Mining the Moral Landscape

In his book, "The Moral Landscape," Sam Harris attempts to show how science can determine human values.In this book, I argue that Harris's view is false (even though I wish it were true).

Author: Steve Isaacson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781480292680

Category:

Page: 52

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In his book, "The Moral Landscape," Sam Harris attempts to show how science can determine human values.In this book, I argue that Harris's view is false (even though I wish it were true). He gets the facts right, but his conclusions are wrong. Science does rule, but not in the Moral Landscape.

Gender and Landscape

^Gender and Landscape is a feminist inquiry into the landscape. This volume provides a bridge between feminist discussions of space and place and landscape interpretations.

Author: Josephine Carubia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134300832

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Gender and Landscape is a feminist inquiry into a long-ignored area of study: the landscape. Although there has been an exhaustive investigation into issues of gender as they intersect with space and place, very little has been written about the gendering of the landscape. This volume provides a bridge between feminist discussions of space and place as something 'lived' and landscape interpretations as something 'viewed'.

The Ethics of Bioethics

Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field's history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and ...

Author: Lisa A. Eckenwiler

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801892264

Category: Medical

Page: 352

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Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field's history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and constructive discussion of the moral landscape of bioethics.

Epistle to a Sam Harris Nation

Takes on the ideas of Sam Harris using his own chosen tools, namely, reason and science.

Author: Bill Whitehouse

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781456586225

Category: Religion

Page: 268

View: 986

Takes on the ideas of Sam Harris using his own chosen tools, namely, reason and science.


Debunking a Moral Landscape

Debunking A Moral Landscape doesn't just criticize the perspective which is developed in Sam Harris' latest book, The Moral Landscape, the former book introduces a variety of constructive ideas with respect to moral philosophy, political ...

Author: Anab Whitehouse

Publisher: Bilquees Press

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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Debunking A Moral Landscape takes on the ideas of Sam Harris using his own chosen tools -- namely, reason and science. When those tools are turned back on his book, The Moral Landscape, one comes to understand that his perspective is very much like an onion since, after one peels away the various decaying layers of philosophy, reasoning, and science, there is really nothing left at the heart of his worldview. Sam Harris has been raised by many his many followers and admirers to an emperor-like status. Nonetheless, in reality, this would-be emperor has no genuine clothes of royalty since the material from which his conceptual garments are woven are fairly common, if not threadbare. In fact, his ideas are clothed in a way that gives them the appearance of being fashioned in a very sturdy and reliable manner, but such appearances are little more than an illusion. He often claims that his kingdom is ruled through reason and science. Yet, when the topography of his ideas are carefully explored, there are many problems to be found hiding in the nooks and crannies of his thought processes. His reasoning is not always rational; his science is not always factual; and his explanations are often problematic. Furthermore, he asserts that faith is for the naive and foolish, but his perspective is glued together by a variety of different grades of faith -- some of them quite faulty -- which he calls by other names such as: well-being, probability, theory, hypothesis, science, randomness, evolution, neurobiology, reason, and so on. Sam Harris has harsh words for religious extremists -- as well he should. However, he apparently fails to understand how his own position incorporates a brand of irreligious fundamentalism that is inclined to be just as blind and unyielding as the religious people whom he wishes to criticize. Debunking A Moral Landscape doesn't just criticize the perspective which is developed in Sam Harris' latest book, The Moral Landscape, the former book introduces a variety of constructive ideas with respect to moral philosophy, political philosophy, evolution, science, the process of reasoning, and methodology that grows out of the process through which the problems and errors that are present in Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape are corrected and refined.

Making Sense

'I don't have many can't miss podcasts, but Making Sense is right at the top of that short list.' - Stephen Fry 'Sam Harris is the most intellectually courageous man I know.' - Richard Dawkins

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473560071

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

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"Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations." Sam Harris Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and bestselling author Sam Harris, has been exploring some of the greatest questions concerning the human mind, society, and the events that shape our world. Harris's search for deeper understanding of how we think has led him to engage and exchange with some of our most brilliant and controversial contemporary minds - Daniel Kahneman, Robert Sapolsky, Anil Seth and Max Tegmark - in order to unpack and clarify ideas of consciousness, free will, extremism, and ethical living. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or contentious, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress. Featuring eleven conversations from the hit podcast, these electric exchanges fuse wisdom with rigorous interrogation to shine a light on what it means to make sense of our world today. 'I don't have many can't miss podcasts, but Making Sense is right at the top of that short list.' - Stephen Fry 'Sam Harris is the most intellectually courageous man I know.' - Richard Dawkins

Conveying Controversial Science

I conduct a literary analysis of the text that delimits the scope of its project, its intended audience, and the domains of science to be communicated.

Author: Nathan W. Johnson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Communication in science

Page: 212

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The academic literature on science communication widely acknowledges a problem: science communication between experts and lay audiences is important, but it is not done well. General audience popular science books, however, carry a reputation for clear science communication and are understudied in the academic literature. For this doctoral dissertation, I utilize Sam Harris's "The Moral Landscape," a general audience science book on the particularly thorny topic of neuroscientific approaches to morality, as a case-study to explore the possibility of using general audience science books as models for science communication more broadly. I conduct a literary analysis of the text that delimits the scope of its project, its intended audience, and the domains of science to be communicated. I also identify seven literary aspects of the text: three positive aspects that facilitate clarity and four negative aspects that interfere with lay public engagement. I conclude that The Moral Landscape relies on an assumed knowledge base and intuitions of its audience that cannot reasonably be expected of lay audiences; therefore, it cannot properly be construed as popular science communication. It nevertheless contains normative lessons for the broader science project, both in literary aspects to be salvaged and literary aspects and concepts to consciously be avoided and combated. I note that The Moral Landscape's failings can also be taken as an indication that typical descriptions of science communication offer under-detailed taxonomies of both audiences for science communication and the varieties of science communication aimed at those audiences. Future directions of study include rethinking appropriate target audiences for science literacy projects and developing a more discriminating taxonomy of both science communication and lay publics.

What Makes Us Moral

He directly engages the latest book by Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values on a host of questions.

Author: Craig Hovey

Publisher: SPCK Publishing

ISBN: 9780281068982

Category: Ethics

Page: 144

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Theologian and ethicist Craig Hovey exposes the flaws in the idea that science alone answers our moral questions. He directly engages the latest book by Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, on a host of questions.


Virtue Rediscovered

In Virtue Rediscovered: Deontology, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics in the Contemporary Moral Landscape, Nathan Wood argues that this discrepancy requires us to rethink how we understand the function and purpose of normative ethical ...

Author: Nathan Wood

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498585337

Category: Philosophy

Page: 178

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Virtue ethics occupies the strange position of being one of the oldest and most prominently discussed ethical theories throughout history, and yet many contemporary moral philosophers do not recognize it as a genuine alternative to currently prominent normative theories, such as utilitarianism or Kantian ethics. In Virtue Rediscovered: Deontology, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics in the Contemporary Moral Landscape, Nathan Wood argues that this discrepancy requires us to rethink how we understand the function and purpose of normative ethical theories, especially insofar as such theories are expected to be action guiding. All ethical theories guide action, but they do so in two different ways. One way is through stipulating criteria for what we ought to do, but another way is setting a core concern that represents an account of what lies at the heart of morality and determines the moral salience of features in the world. This framework not only clarifies the nature of deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics, but also recasts the debate among them.

Reconciliation and the Search for a Shared Moral Landscape

The offender must have the internal ethical framework ( and recognition of the
humanity of the victim ) to evoke a sense ... While any “ moral landscape ” would
escape “ the possibility of complete description and definition ” , a description of
its ...

Author: Maria Ericson

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631377093

Category: Social Science

Page: 499

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This book focuses on reconciliation in Northern Ireland and South Africa. The overarching aim is to identify «formal and material conditions», or prerequisites, for reconciliation and moral community (or more precisely a «shared moral landscape»). In both countries obstacles to reconciliation can be found in the following elements of a «moral landscape»: Experiences of trauma, separation and inequalities; divergent views of the conflict and of «the other»; opposing identifications and loyalties; certain norms for interaction and contestant interpretations of values such as «peace» and «justice». This book describes how these obstacles have been addressed in: 1) Efforts, particularly by ecumenical groups, to bridge the Catholic/Protestant divide in Northern Ireland. 2) The work of, and debates surrounding, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On the basis of these dialogues in adverse circumstances, this study then suggests some prerequisites for «emancipatory conversations» - a central question in the search for a global ethics.

Knights of the Brush

This work of cultural criticism analyzes the masterpieces of the Hudson River School, America's golden age of landscape painting that flourished from almost 1825 to 1860.

Author: James F. Cooper

Publisher: Hudson Hills

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 109

View: 726

This work of cultural criticism analyzes the masterpieces of the Hudson River School, America's golden age of landscape painting that flourished from almost 1825 to 1860. Iconic works by Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher Brown Durand, and others are examined in relation to the religious, moral, and aesthetic sensibility that underlies their work. For these painters there was a moral purpose in being an artist; art was a sacred obligation. Perhaps not since the Middle Ages had a school of art infused such religious certitude into works of art.


Ethics of Hope

Chapter 4 - The above argument is then interpreted in light of the Christian claim that God is Triune as the persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Author: Timothy Harvie

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 590

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I Spy With My Little Eye

She tackles head-on topics as diverse as celebrity culture, work-life balance, and economic divisions. This is a book for anyone with a keen interest in society, philosophy and politics.

Author: Linnea Cecilia Mills

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781999943004

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Dr Linnea Mills offers a frank discussion about the prevailing values in today's Britain. She tackles head-on topics as diverse as celebrity culture, work-life balance, and economic divisions. This is a book for anyone with a keen interest in society, philosophy and politics. Perfect to use as a discussion tool in classrooms and book clubs.