We just put up a new essay by, well, me critiquing the recently-released-in-paperback Sam Harris book, The Moral Landscape.
The Moral Landscape disappoints not chiefly because of its poor arguments and caustic, imperious style. What dooms Harris’s book is how little it actually offers. Harris has merely explained that, “in principle,” someday, somehow, science will be able to discover the truths of morality, but that we aren’t there yet. It’s unlikely that the religious and the relativists will abandon their moral positions for such a weak promise.
The review covers not just this failure of Harris’s philosophical arguments but also the deeply troubling implications of his thinking. Harris is no friend to liberty and The Moral Landscape is a profoundly illiberal book.
Aaron Ross Powell a research fellow at the Cato Institute and editor of Libertarianism.org. Keep up with Aaron by following him on Facebook: