Future and Alien Moralities

  • Russell Blackford
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Science fiction narratives do not usually engage directly with philosophical theories of morality, although there are exceptions. In some cases, we can see rather direct challenges to ideas such as utilitarianism. More commonly, SF authors engage with ethical questions, and examine systems of morality or ethics, by depicting future and alien societies whose moral assumptions are different from our own. Some SF authors have developed what we can see as an ethic of destiny relating to the long-term progress of human (and perhaps other) life. SF authors have also been able to engage with large moral issues such as those relating to war, social organization, sexuality and sexual mores, gender roles, and the nature of a good or flourishing life for human beings.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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