Feb 2, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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I’ve had a brainwave about the Book and Media Club, courtesy of a discussion at the last one.
I think we should give the club a focus for each year; that way we can feel like we are really making progress. We can examine a topic from multiple angles and really get a grasp on it.
This year, I propose we focus on morality: what is it, where does it come from, what are its limits, and any other question you can think of to pose about it. As was observed at a past meeting, pretty much every time an atheist gets into a debate, it ends up coming down to questions of morality.
For this Meetup, I will reprise the basic take I did on Sam Harris’s book, The Moral Landscape. Some of you have heard it before but others have not. What I did was not so much summarize the book as attempt to explain an underlying thought structure that makes it more comprehensible. I think that structure would be useful in thinking about any moral questions, so I’ll present it here as a tool that will be of use in future discussions.
Now taking volunteers for future Book & Media Club presentations on this topic! What’s your favorite text that addresses morality?