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his criticism of "rational animal" as a definition of human, him eschewing teleological explanation in Meditation IV, and that's just examples off the top of my head from his Meditations.

This largely seems to me because undergraduates, qua philosophers, court the same sort of disqualifying features in their essays as race runners with a 20 second head start do, because they're supposed to, they're learning. Do you agree that is Sam's true position? Dissenters in the second camp do not particularly interest me. He is also a prominent atheist.

as evidence. I do find it interesting that you seem to think your appeals to the authority of "philosophers" (that homogeneous bunch \s) constitutes a convincing case against Harris's arguments. That's fine!

Doesn't he straight-up say in the Moral Landscape that he didn't read any of the philosophical literature on morality because it was too boring? Press J to jump to the feed. (He does address various counterarguments, but they are awful counterarguments that no philosopher has ever advanced - they consist of straw man positions like "what if someone thinks that dying early and painfully is better than living a long happy life?"). Whats the point of your post? In fact I remember distinctly that he laments as a clear moral failing the fact that collateral damage from drone strikes is seen as so little of an outrage relative to the extent of human misery it results in.

I'm closing and locking this thread, as this discussion isn't in the least productive, and it's clear that the comment thread is being brigaded by members of another sub (which is a clear violation of site-wide rules). https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/comments/1x5yyq/discussion_about_dennett_and_harris_on_free_will/? He can use the police force to protect the stranger, at the cost of the townspeople violently rioting, which will result in many deaths, although the stranger will be safe. Someone that thinks he is very good at philosophy probably has a different definition of philosophy than you.

This FAQ question is not a place to substantiate accusations against Harris in any detail - the goal here is just to mention them in enough detail to show why philosophers have problems with him. ._3Im6OD67aKo33nql4FpSp_{border:1px solid var(--newCommunityTheme-widgetColors-sidebarWidgetBorderColor);border-radius:5px 5px 4px 4px;overflow:visible;word-wrap:break-word;background-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-body);padding:12px}.lnK0-OzG7nLFydTWuXGcY{font-size:10px;font-weight:700;letter-spacing:.5px;line-height:12px;text-transform:uppercase;padding-bottom:4px;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-navIcon)} If you get banned as a result of this exchange and want to have your commenting privileges restored so that you can ask clarificatory questions about other posts, you can contact the moderation team. https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/comments/26p4iv/what_are_some_knockdown_objections_to_sam_harris/? You lost me fairly early on. Sam Harris is a self-proclaimed neuroscientist and popular author on various topics, including philosophical topics. Also in the 38 pages of references from the Moral Landscape, I think you might see a few books relating to moral philosophy.

Sam has created the The purpose of this sub is to articulate such a consensus, not argue about whether it is or isn't appropriate.

There he claims that "We must abandon the idea that science is distinct from the rest of human rationality."

While I think it is true that your degrees don't guarantee that you are/are not a philosopher, I think that /u/stainslemountaintops is too harsh in saying that Harris does not contribute to the field. I'm pretty sure a bare-minimum requirement for consideration as a philosopher is some non-zero effort to engage with, you know, philosophy.

All that being said, I'd have to say that Harris might be a philosopher because he produces (loosely) philosophical works. As far as I understand his position on torture it is that it should be illegal, but there are circumstances where it could be justified. Characterisations of Is-Ought spring to mind.

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This just amounts to saying that philosophers can tell us about morality.

I actually consider myself a philosopher, much to the consternation of my critics and, no doubt, some academic philosophers and graduate students. The first is that Sam Harris is racist. I can simply mention that philosophers take him to be refuted or take his arguments to be implausible.

The focus of my research has been on the nature of human consciousness, and human values, and how our growing understanding of ourselves through science will change our conception of what we are as subjective creatures and change our view about what is worth wanting in this world, and how we should enshrine these values in public policy and public intuitions. .s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f{color:var(--newCommunityTheme-metaText);padding-top:5px}.s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f._19JhaP1slDQqu2XgT3vVS0{color:#ea0027}

Often this gets shortened to something "science can solve morality," which is the substantive position Harris claims to defend.

Ab 1997 arbeitete er für Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) als Interviewer und Kommentator. It may be that ordinary people aren't very sophisticated about free will, and further investigation into the topic will show that compatibilism is a much better way to understand free will. There is, of course, a substantive difference between "a world where the cops frame strangers from out of town" and "a world where one sheriff frames one stranger from out of town once and then it never happens again." This is not really the place to talk about whether I agree or disagree with Harris on any substantive positions. There are two reasons why I haven’t done this: First, while I have read a fair amount of this literature, I did not arrive at my position on the relationship between human values and the rest of human knowledge by reading the work of moral philosophers; I came to it by considering the logical implications of our making continued progress in the sciences of mind. In effect, any time you are "adhering to the highest standards of logic and evidence, you are thinking scientifically." No, because he doesn't publish any philosophical works. ._2cHgYGbfV9EZMSThqLt2tx{margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{width:75%;height:24px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-,._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{background:var(--newCommunityTheme-field);background-size:200%;margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-{width:100%;height:46px} He has also practiced meditation for more than 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/comments/23nxi8/ive_read_harris_free_will_and_i_cant_find_flaws/? Coincidentally, a stranger has just arrived in town. we would still say it wasn't a real race - although it was another, distinct, win that was won - were the other runner to win by some strange magic). https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/comments/1379by/any_good_critiques_of_sam_harris_and_free_will/? There is no space here to lay out entire arguments against Harris, nor is this the proper place for that project. Because Harris cannot plausibly argue for his view that well-being is all that matters, morally speaking, Harris has not presented a compelling view of ethics.

Sam Harris is a self-proclaimed neuroscientist and popular author on various topics, including philosophical topics. Thus the main issue with Harris's moral views is not that they are implausible - it's that he does not argue for them, he simply asserts them, even though he acts as if he is engaging in meaningful philosophical inquiry and substantively defending his position.

Maybe your definition of philosophy differs from others. I've been posting answers to frequently asked questions in r/askphilosophy - that's what this subreddit is for - and because Sam Harris has many fans on reddit who sometimes find out philosophers dislike him, I wanted to post a FAQ answer about why philosophers dislike Sam Harris. The goal is to explain the issues that philosophers tend to have with Harris. /r/askphilosophy aims to provide serious, well-researched answers to philosophical questions. This would require surveying the available evidence (a task complicated by Harris's subterfuge) and providing substantive moral arguments against Islamophobia.

As is made evident by the upvote/downvote count on this post and on various replies below, and by various other replies below, Sam Harris is rather popular on reddit among non-philosophers. There are lots of reasons to think Harris is simply wrong about this - some are discussed here and here (PDF). I'm not saying there's anything wrong with religious epistemological-traditions; they're just normally not sufficient in a philosophical debate.

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