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This review is from: Moral Landscape (Paperback)
If you, like me, have long been suspicious of the claim that religion holds the monopoly on morality, then this book is definitely for you. The author, Sam Harris, is a rising intellectual star in the US with this book reaching 9th in the New York Times Best Seller list for Hardcover Non-Fiction, and remaining amongst the top 35 for 5 weeks. The release of 'The Moral Landscape' in Nov'10 was much anticipated in the US but unfortunately it isn't due for release in the UK until Feb'11. I couldn't wait so I ordered my copy through Amazon US and to my surprise only paid [...], including shipping and taxes.
Harris demonstrates very convincingly, that, counter to accepted wisdom; morality is not a relative concept. Harris shows that morality actually relates to facts about the world and the well being of humans. The different moral approaches of different cultures can therefore be judged as being better or worse at achieving human flourishing.
So it turns out that we don't have to remain mute about the dubious morality of other cultures after all! This is nothing short of revolutionary and could potentially lead to far greater human happiness if Harris' argument is successfully used against such blatant promoters of inequality and cruelty as the Taliban.