Nobody Owns the Moon

Nobody Owns the Moon : The Ethics of Space Exploitation

2.8 (5 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 6-11 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

Space exploration and commercial activity off-world has its skeptics as well as its enthusiasts. What does seem to be clear, however, is that such activity has increased and is set to expand further, and dramatically so, during the present century. This book explores some of the ethical issues which have already started to arise and it explores the prospects for our medium-range future: Can terraforming of other worlds succeed? Would it be defensible? Should there be limits to mining in space? Do lifeless planets have an 'integrity' which we ought to respect? Could indigenous micro-bacteria have any special intrinsic value? Do we have a duty to extend human life? The text then moves onto a treatment of the ethics of sending world-ships on inter-stellar journeys and the unpredictable risks associated with seeding other worlds with rudimentary forms of life. Throughout, the book is as much about our humanity as it is about space. (And here, a shared humanity is not reducible to species membership.) It concludes with an attempt to explore the connection between our belonging to a single home planet and our sense of belonging to a single moral community.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 276.69g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 0786472650
  • 9780786472659
  • 2,877,175

About Tony Milligan

Tony Milligan is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and specializes in ethics. He lives in the United Kingdom.
show more

Rating details

5 ratings
2.8 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 40% (2)
3 20% (1)
2 20% (1)
1 20% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X