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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Basic Idea


The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Sam Harris




The basic idea so far: If you can assert any mostly agreed upon ordering of states of wellbeing, you can use science to judge how well moral systems perform at encouraging these states.

Academics try very hard not to do this, however. My 'kind theory' as well, is a strong version of moral relativism that refrains as much as possible from casing judgements on the beliefs and choices of most others. Perhaps the reason for both is in a word: respect. With the additional concern that insufficiently respectful academics don't get funded.

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