Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination

Visions, Minds, Ethics

  • Russell Blackford

Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-204

About this book


In this highly original book, Russell Blackford discusses the intersection of science fiction and humanity’s moral imagination. With the rise of science and technology in the 19th century, and our continually improving understanding of the cosmos, writers and thinkers soon began to imagine futures greatly different from the present. Science fiction was born out of the realization that future technoscientific advances could dramatically change the world. Along with the developments described in modern science fiction - space societies, conscious machines, and upgraded human bodies, to name but a few - come a new set of ethical challenges and new forms of ethics. Blackford identifies these issues and their reflection in science fiction. His fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in philosophy or science fiction, or in how they interact.

“This is a seasoned, balanced analysis of a major issue in our thinking about the future, seen through the lens of science fiction, a central art of our time. Everyone from humanists to technologists should study these ideas and examples. Blackford’s book is wise and savvy, and a delight to read as well.”

Gregory Benford, author of Timescape.


Ethics and Machines Ethics and Posthumanism Ethics and Transhumanism Future of Humanity Non-human Intelligence Science Fiction and Ethics Science Fiction and Philosophy Themes in Science Fiction

Authors and affiliations

  • Russell Blackford
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  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social ScienceUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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