Category «Science»

Podcast: Moral Philosophy & The Moral Landscape

Atheistically Speaking with Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith, host of the podcast Atheistically Speaking, had me on to talk about moral philosophy and Sam Harris’s The Moral Landscape. Previous guests of the program include philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, a critic of Harris. Thomas is a supporter of Harris’s scientific theory of morality. He and I had a friendly and fruitful discussion that …

The Fight for Moral Truth

A Response to Sam Harris – Part 2 of 2

In my essay for Sam Harris’s Moral Landscape Challenge, I assumed that serious competing theories of morality and value exist. Sam rejects this assumption. He contends that the only serious ethical theory is the one he accepts—consequentialism (explained after the jump). Sam also rejects my assumption that ethics must be prescriptive. He says an ethical …