Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
#moral #law #justice #freewill
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
'Many scientists and philosophers realized long ago that free will could not be squared with our growing understanding of the physical world. Thoughts, moods, and desires simply spring into view—and move us, or fail to move us, for reasons that are, from a subjective point of view, perfectly inscrutable.
[however] The Supreme Court has called free will a “universal and persistent” foundation for our system of law, distinct from “a deterministic view of human conduct that is inconsistent with the underlying precepts of our criminal justice system” ( United States v. Grayson, 1978 )' - Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values (2011)