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Are We Just Meat Robots?

| May 12, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  I have an interest in psychology and behavioral economics research. That’s why I write posts on books like Predictably Irrational and Thinking, Fast and Slow. But as I read these kinds of books, I am always keeping an eye on the big question. Will the author say that human beings are […]

Why Don’t We Trust Atheists?

| May 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Atheists often complain that they experience prejudice directed at them by theists. Theists, they claim, accuse atheists of being immoral because atheists have no transcendent standard of morality. There is a level of distrust, at least for some theists, that exists. So why do some theists worry about the ethics of […]

#5 Post of 2013 – How Does Atheism Answer Our Most Important Questions?

| December 20, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Old-school atheists like Friedrich Nietzsche recognized that atheism utterly failed to answer the most profound of human questions, and thus atheism, he believed, led inexorably to nihilism. Nowadays, most atheists are very uncomfortable with nihilism and want to distance themselves from their intellectual forefathers. Just because God doesn’t exist doesn’t mean […]

#6 Post of 2013 – Can We Know Moral Values Without Knowing God?

| December 18, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Clearly the answer must be “yes.”  In fact, the apostle Paul teaches this very truth in the book of Romans. There are some moral truths that can be known without a person ever acknowledging God’s existence. In fact, the world would be a complete disaster if everyone had to agree on […]

How Does Sam Harris’s Metaphysical View Undermine His Moral Landscape? Part 3

| August 14, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 3 we continue our analysis of Sam Harris’s “moral landscape” in view of his metaphysical naturalism, a worldview which denies the existence of anything that is timeless or transcendent in any sense. We note that even after identifying moral values with well-being, Harris concedes that his moral landscape may […]

How Does Sam Harris’s Metaphysical View Undermine His Moral Landscape? Part 2

| August 12, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 we looked at some serious difficulties that Sam Harris’s metaphysical views cause his “moral landscape” to have. We continue with that analysis in part 2. Recall that we ended part 1 by noting that Harris’s identification of the moral good with that which brings individual human flourishing and […]

How Does Sam Harris’s Metaphysical View Undermine His Moral Landscape? Part 1

| August 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Given Sam Harris’s metaphysical naturalism, how is it that Harris will identify the good? How is the good defined given his metaphysics? Harris, in line with other moral consequentialists, defines “good” as “that which supports well-being.” Harris further claims that “it makes no sense at all to ask whether maximizing well-being […]

What Are Sam Harris’s Metaphysical Presuppositions?

| August 7, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt It is impossible to ground a theory about the source of objective moral values and duties without recourse to metaphysics. Philosopher David Oderberg reminds us that it is “impossible to know how the world ought to go, more specifically how one ought to act (or what makes a state of affairs […]

What Is Sam Harris’s Moral Theory?

| August 5, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt New atheist Sam Harris made a splash with his book The Moral Landscape. In it, Harris claims to have solved the millenia-old debate about the source of objective moral values. Harris is no relativist about moral values. In fact, he reserves some of his harshest criticism for atheists who deny the […]

Why Is the Argument from Poor Design Simply Atheism of the Gaps?

| July 8, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The other day I heard an atheist say that the fact that he sees poor design in the natural world leads him to the conclusion that the Christian God does not exist. Here is the argument: An omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent creator God would create organisms that have optimal design. Organisms have features that are sub-optimal. Therefore, God either did not create […]

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