I got some correspondence from a person at Portland State University, who tells me a bit about Peter Boghossian’s teaching. He teaches an introductory philosophy course on ethics, a subject with a deep history. Guess what his textbook is?
The one and only textbook?
The one that’s supposed to introduce students to philosophy and ethics?
Sam Harris’s Moral Landscape.
Does anyone think that is good philosophy? Comprehensive, even?
Next up, we’ll replace all theology courses with a reading of The God Delusion.
(I am well aware that some people will think that is an excellent idea. They’re wrong: you’ll learn nothing about the history and philosophy of theology from that book.)