• Jacques Arnould
Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 6)


When it came to me to chair the first meetings of the group appointed by Gérard Brachet to explore field of space ethics within CNES, I had to overcome the surprise and concerns of my colleagues at having to address a philosophical subject for which their engineering training and tasks had not prepared them. To do that, I turned to one of the oldest methods used by our ancestors to ask questions about the meaning of life and the task of being human: mythological narrative. The narrative of Icarus sprung to mind immediately.


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  1. 18.
    The quotations are taken from book VIII of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in the translation by Frank Justus Miller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.Google Scholar
  2. 21.
    See McCurdy, Howard E. Space and the American Imagination. Washington/London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.Google Scholar
  3. 22.
    See Lecourt, Dominique. Prométhée, Faust, Frankenstein. Fondements imaginaires de l’éthique. Paris: Synthélabo, 1996.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques Arnould
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  1. 1.Centre National d’Etudes SpatialesParisFrance

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