Space and Society

The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth

Editors: Cockell, Charles S. (Ed.)

  • Takes the discussion of liberty into the extraterrestrial environment
  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach to the topic
  • Serves an interdisciplinary readership of space policy makers, space engineers and scientists, social scientists
  • Discusses the shifting meaning of freedom, liberty and democracy in environments beyond Earth
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About this book

The purpose of this book is to initiate a new discussion on liberty focusing on the infinite realms of space. The discussion of the nature of liberty and what it means for a human to be free has occupied the minds of thinkers since the Enlightenment. However, without exception, every one of these discussions has focused on the character of liberty on the Earth. The emergence of human space exploration programs in the last 40-50 years raise a fundamental and new question: what will be the future of liberty in space? This book takes the discussion of liberty into the extraterrestrial environment. In this book, new questions will be addressed such as: Can a person be free when the oxygen the individual breathes is the result of a manufacturing process controlled by someone else? Will the interdependence required to survive in the extremities of the extraterrestrial environment destroy individualism? What are the obligations of the individual to the extraterrestrial state? How can we talk of extraterrestrial liberty when everyone is dependent on survival systems?

About the authors

Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are focused on microbial life in extreme environments. Prof. Cockell is co-author / editor of 8 books and a large number of research articles.

Reviews

“It demonstrates the value of the humanities and social science in the exercise of science and engineering. … This is a book that engineering and science students should read along with their subject matter texts. It will also be of value to philosophy and political science students, and others who want to inform their space policymaking capacity with some aspects of science. … In all, The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth is a thought-provoking book worth reading.” (Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Quest, Vol. 23 (1), 2016)

“This book transports us to the pioneering phase of a new branch of our subject ─ astrosociology. And what an engaging, stimulating and thought-provoking book it is.” (David W. Hughes, The Observatory, Vol. 135 (1246), June, 2015)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Meaning of Liberty Beyond the Earth

    Cockell, Charles S.

    Pages 1-9

  • The Cold Equations: Extraterrestrial Liberty in Science Fiction

    Baxter, Stephen

    Pages 13-31

  • Fear of Freedom: The Legacy of Arendt and Ballard’s Space Skepticism

    Milligan, Tony

    Pages 33-45

  • Freedom in a Box: Paradoxes in the Structure of Extraterrestrial Liberty

    Cockell, Charles S.

    Pages 47-68

  • Fairness as a Moral Grounding for Space Policy

    Schwartz, James S. J.

    Pages 69-89

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09567-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09566-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 31, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37740-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth
Editors
  • Charles S. Cockell
Series Title
Space and Society
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09567-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09567-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09566-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37740-7
Series ISSN
2199-3882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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