Free Will by Sam Harris


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It is unbelieveably bad. I've read work by high school students who make better arguments.
-The Gregorian Institute


A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

About Sam Harris

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Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Dr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, and many other publications. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Dr. Harris is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Please visit his website at
Published March 6, 2012 by Free Press. 97 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Apr 16 2012

Short enough to be read in a single sitting and provocative enough to arouse outrage and rebuttals.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Daniel Menaker on Jul 13 2012

As literature, “Free Will” has some mild humor...and some ringing pronouncements...

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Reviewed by Eric R Schiller on May 01 2013

What really impresses me about Free Will is the logical, masterful way in which he unfolds his thesis.

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Above average
on Apr 04 2012

Over all, I think Sam Harris’s "Free Will" is worth the read.

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New Scientist

on Mar 20 2012

At the very least, his argument provides a refreshing antidote to the nihilism that the debate tends to produce.

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Scientific American

Below average
on Apr 09 2012

...Harris’s new book is only 96 pages, but that’s still too long. I don’t have the tim...or the inclination to plow through the sort of grimace-inducing reasoning...

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The Gregorian Institute

Below average
on May 25 2012

It is unbelieveably bad. I've read work by high school students who make better arguments.

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