My response to Sam Harris’s “The Moral Landscape”Posted in Atheism, Blog, Christianity
Nearly three years after Sam Harris’s The Moral Landscape was published in English, Sam has issued a public challenge. Anyone who believes that his case for a scientific understanding of morality is mistaken is invited to prove it in 1000 words or less. The prize money for anyone who is judged to be successful is 20,000 dollars. I have read Sam’s book and this is my response.
1 I agree with Sam that an important obstacle to increasing our understanding of any area of human knowledge is dogmatism.
2 I also agree with him that a key characteristic of religious fundamentalism is dogmatism.
3 I also see no reason in principle why scientific insights (including from neuroscience) should not have an important role to play in improving our understanding of morality and in responding to new moral challenges.