The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth

  • Charles S. Cockell

Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Philosophical Basis of Extraterrestrial Liberty

  3. The Policy and Practical Aspects of Extraterrestrial Liberty

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book

Introduction

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?

Keywords

Extraterrestrial Ethics Extraterrestrial Liberty Extraterrestrial Societies' Freedom in Space Liberty in Space Personal Freedom in Space Space Colony Ethics Space Technology Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles S. Cockell
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09567-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09566-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09567-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-3882
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-3890
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