Science Fiction, Ethics and the Human Condition

  • Christian Baron
  • Peter Nicolai Halvorsen
  • Christine Cornea

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Christian Baron, Peter Nicolai Halvorsen, Christine Cornea
    Pages 1-4
  3. The Science, Technology and Science Fiction

  4. Identity and the Post-Human Condition

  5. The Politics and Ethics of Science Fiction

About this book

Introduction

This book explores what science fiction can tell us about the human condition in a technological world, with the ethical dilemmas and consequences that this entails. This book is the result of the joint efforts of scholars and scientists from various disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach sets an example for those who, like us, have been busy assessing the ways in which fictional attempts to fathom the possibilities of science and technology speak to central concerns about what it means to be human in a contemporary world of technology and which ethical dilemmas it brings along. One of the aims of this book is to demonstrate what can be achieved in approaching science fiction as a kind of imaginary laboratory for experimentation, where visions of human (or even post-human) life under various scientific, technological or natural conditions that differ from our own situation can be thought through and commented upon. Although a scholarly work, this book is also designed to be accessible to a general audience that has an interest in science fiction, as well as to a broader academic audience interested in ethical questions.

Keywords

Science fiction and technology bio-fictional constructions cloning and gender ethics of choice literary science fiction mythology and ethics of technology politics and ethics politics of post-apocalypse posthumanism and gender science and technology science fiction and the human condition survival ethics the age of the transhumant the nature of history

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Baron
    • 1
  • Peter Nicolai Halvorsen
    • 2
  • Christine Cornea
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Biology, Aalborg University CopenhagenCenter for Bioscience and Techno-AnthropologyCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.School of Art, Media and American StudiesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56577-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56575-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56577-4
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