Sam Harris

American author, philosopher and neuroscientist

Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author. He is a philosopher[source?], neuroscientist[source?], atheist and humanist . He is the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason.[3]

Sam Harris
Harris in March 2016
Harris in March 2016
BornSamuel Benjamin Harris[1]
(1967-04-09) April 9, 1967 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. in Philosophy, Stanford University (2000)
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
SubjectNeuroscience, philosophy,[2] religion, ethics, spirituality
Notable awardsPEN/Martha Albrand Award, Webby Award
Annaka Harris (m. 2004)


Philosophy career
SchoolNew Atheism
ThesisThe moral landscape: How science could determine human values (2009)
Main interests
Neuroscience, religion, ethics, free will, spirituality, philosophy of mind
Notable ideas
The Moral Landscape, Ethics as a branch of science

Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett are commonly known as the "Four Horsemen of Atheism".[4]


  • The End of Faith (2004). ISBN 0-393-03515-8
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (2006). ISBN 0-307-26577-3
  • The Moral Landscape: how science can determine human values (2010). ISBN 978-1-4391-7121-9
  • Lying (2011).
  • Free Will (2012)[5]
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014)
  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance (2015)


  1. "Sam Harris at the Warner Theater".
  2. Paul Pardi (May 15, 2012). "An Analysis of Sam Harris' Free Will". Philosophy News. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. "About Sam Harris". 5 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  4. The New Emergent Atheists
  5. "Coming March 6th". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-07-15.