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Space and Society

The Ethics of Space Exploration

Editors: Schwartz, James S.J., Milligan, Tony (Eds.)

  • Promotes a more robust and theoretically informed approach to the ethical dimension of discussions on space and society
  • Allows academics across a range of disciplines an insight into current approaches toward how the work of ethics gets done
  • Specifically contrasts competing perspectives
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About this book

This book aims to contribute significantly to the understanding of issues of value (including the ultimate value of space-related activities) which repeatedly emerge in interdisciplinary discussions on space and society. Although a recurring feature of discussions about space in the humanities, the treatment of value questions has tended to be patchy, of uneven quality and even, on occasion, idiosyncratic rather than drawing upon a close familiarity with state-of-the-art ethical theory. One of the volume's aims is to promote a more robust and theoretically informed approach to the ethical dimension of discussions on space and society. While the contributions are written in a manner which is accessible across disciplines, the book still withstands scrutiny by those whose work is primarily on ethics. At the same time it allows academics across a range of disciplines an insight into current approaches toward how the work of ethics gets done. The issues of value raised could be used to inform debates about regulation, space law and protocols for microbial discovery as well as longer-range policy debates about funding.

About the authors

Tony Milligan is a lecturer in ethics with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. His research focuses upon the relations between the human and the non-human with an emerging specialism in the ethics of space. He is the author of Beyond Animal Rights (2010), Love (2011), Civil Disobedience: Protest, Justification and the Law (2013), Nobody Owns the Moon: the Ethics of Space Exploitation (2015), Animal Ethics: The Basics (forthcoming, June 2015), the co-editor of a volume of essays on Love and its Objects (2014) and the guest editor of a recent (November 2014) special edition of the journal Space Policy on space ethics.

James S.J. Schwartz teaches philosophy at Wichita State University.  His research interests include: philosophical and ethical issues related to space science, law, and policy; environmental ethics; philosophy of mathematics; and metaphysics.  His publications have appeared in Space Policy, Environmental Ethics, Ethics & the Environment, Philosophia Mathematica, and in other volumes of Springer’s Space and Society series.



Reviews

“This is a well-edited selection of essays covering a human side of space exploration that few of us may have spent much time considering. ... this volume is a worthwhile and enlightening read about a topic that could become very relevant in the next few decades.” (Barry Kent, The Observatory, Vol. 137 (1260), October, 2017)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Scope and Content of Space Ethics

    Schwartz, James S. J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Dreams and Nightmares of the High Frontier: The Response of Science Fiction to Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier

    Baxter, Stephen

    Pages 15-30

  • Space Colonies and Their Critics

    Munévar, Gonzalo

    Pages 31-45

  • Agonal Conflict and Space Exploration

    Panagiotarakou, Eleni

    Pages 47-60

  • Prospects for Utopia in Space

    Yorke, Christopher C.

    Pages 61-71

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Space Exploration
Editors
  • James S.J. Schwartz
  • Tony Milligan
Series Title
Space and Society
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39827-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39827-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39825-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81975-4
Series ISSN
2199-3882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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