Saturday, October 16, 2010

Moral For Better Reasons

From last week's atheists' conference in Los Angeles, more on the creed's tactical disputes, schisms, and efforts to identify a source of moral behavior not anywise known as God:
The presenters did differ on where a secular morality might come from. In his new best seller, “The Moral Landscape,” [Sam] Harris argues that morality is a product of neuroscience. (The good, he argues, is that which promotes happiness and well-being, and those states are ultimately dependent on brain chemistry.) Others believe morality is bequeathed by evolution, while still others would argue for ethics grounded in secular philosophy, like Immanuel Kant’s or John Rawls’s. But all agreed that nonbelievers are at least as moral as believers, and for better reasons.

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