Sam Harris may not be a household name in Britain, but in America he is right up there with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett as one of the new atheism’s “four horsemen”.
He burst on to the public science scene in 2004 with his anti-religious polemic, The End of Faith, which he wrote while still a graduate student in neuroscience. It went on to sell half a million copies, and he has been a major public figure ever since.
Having used science to attempt deicide, Harris now threatens to do the same for moral philosophy. In his new book, The Moral Landscape, Harris sets out to convince us that science can not only help us to understand human values, but determine them.
Richard Dawkins has said of the book that “moral philosophers will find their world turned upside down”. However, when the book was released in America last year, they argued it was Harris, a Stanford philosophy graduate, who had got things the wrong way up. I got the opportunity to put some of their criticisms to Harris when I met him in Santa Monica, not far from his Los Angeles home. Read more here.
Julian Baggini meets Sam Harris
It seems that two authors who I refer to in much of my research (as primary sources…) have met… and had an interview… Here’s something to whet your appetite. The full article is linked at the bottom.
The moral formula: How facts inform our ethics
Can science help us tell right from wrong? Sam Harris certainly thinks so. Julian Baggini sits down with one of the ‘four horsemen of atheism’ to learn how facts can inform our ethics