The Ethics of Space Exploration

  • James S.J. Schwartz
  • Tony Milligan

Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. James S. J. Schwartz, Tony Milligan
    Pages 1-11
  3. The Cultural and Historical Context of Space Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Gonzalo Munévar
      Pages 31-45
    3. Eleni Panagiotarakou
      Pages 47-60
    4. Christopher C. Yorke
      Pages 61-71
  4. Normative Ethics

  5. Humanism and Posthumanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Francesca Ferrando
      Pages 137-152
    3. Jacques Arnould
      Pages 153-164
  6. Planetary Protection and Microbial Value

  7. Ethical and Legal Issues in Solar System Exploration

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

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.


Applied Ethics Astrobiology and ethics Cosmocentric Ethics of space exploration Humanism and Posthumanism Lunar Mining Metaethics Microbial Ethics Normative Ethics Planetary Protection Space Colonization and Colonies Space Law Space Policy Terraforming ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • James S.J. Schwartz
    • 1
  • Tony Milligan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Theology and Religious StudiesKing's College London EnglandUnited Kingdom

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