The Philosophy and Science of Morality

Historically there have been two diametrically opposed positions on morality. Harris (2010) puts it well:

[P]eople who draw their worldview from religion generally believe that moral truth exists, but only because God has woven it into the very fabric of reality; while those who lack such faith tend to think that notions of “good” and “evil” must be the products of evolutionary pressure and cultural invention. On the first account, to speak of “moral truth” is, of necessity, to invoke God; on the second, it is merely to give voice to one’s apish urges, cultural biases, and philosophical confusion. (p. 2)

Harris goes on to write that his purpose is “to persuade you that both sides of this debate are wrong,” and that the goal of his book is to “begin a conversation about how moral truth can be understood in the context of science” (p. 2).

The goal of thisbook is in effect to apply this insight to economics. It is to persuade economists and others interested in political economy that...


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