These essays derive from reading Sam Harris’ The End of Faith and The Moral Landscape. The first can be read as a monograph challenging a widespread understanding of belief and cognition prevalent in analytic philosophy, of which Harris is a particularly cogent, condensed and erroneous example. The second is a contextualization of Harris’ attempt at moral theory into the even broader pragmatic approach, that found in Dewey’s Ethics and Theory of Valuation. The first is much more forgiving than it would be if re-written now (the Anus now thinks Harris’ understanding of religion is asinine), and the second in hindsight would grant far less– if anything, in fact– than it actually grants (the Anus now thinks the “foundations” of Harris’ moral theory are idiotic). Nevertheless it still thinks errors of charitable interpretation should always prevail over being an asshole, so it leave both essays untouched. Let them stand on their own, charitable errors of interpretation and all.
The other essays derive from topics discussed on the forum at Harris’ website.