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Same Old New Atheism: On Sam Harris | The Nation

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Climbing the mountain

It has been a while since I’ve read a full-throated defense of moral relativism, and frankly, it is about time. It’s a pity. however. that Lears chooses to aim his barbs at Harris, who otherwise would probably be an ally. Is there a difference between the man who claims to know the only way to the top of the mountain, and the man who claims only that the top of the mountain exists? Lears seems to believe that if, like Harris, you claim that absolute moral truth exists, then you must also stipulate you know that way to it. When I read Harris, all I think he is saying is that we should start figuring out the way up that mountain together, and that science is, unlike other methods, and especially unlike religion, the surest way to figure out the way.