Recent Submissions

  • Chapter 1 -- Introduction: The scope and content of space ethics 

    Schwartz, James S. J.; Milligan, Tony (Springer International Publishing, 2016-07-23)
    The contributions to the volume are accessible and state-of-the-art overviews of several of the major “theoretical” and “practical” issues in space ethics. Ranging from matters of inherent value and theory construction, ...
  • Chapter 7 -- On the methodology of space ethics 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Springer International Publishing, 2016-07-23)
    This chapter addresses space’s impact on the methods of normative and applied ethics. My primary contention, by way of the dispute between value monism and pluralism in environmental ethics , is that our knowledge of the ...
  • Chapter 4 -- Lunar Labor Relations 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Springer International Publishing, 2016-03-11)
    This chapter defends the claim that at least some essential service strikes will be morally permissible in lunar societies. I argue by analogy with essential service strikes in medicine. The duty to provide medical care ...
  • Near-Earth water sources: ethics and fairness 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Elsevier Ltd., 2016-08-01)
    There is a small finite upper bound on the amount of easily accessible water in near-Earth space, including water from C-type NEAs and permanently shadowed lunar craters. Recent estimates put this total at about 3.7 x ...
  • Virtue and prejudice: giving and taking reasons 

    Birondo, Noell N. (Oxford University Press, 2016-04-01)
    The most long-standing criticism of virtue ethics in its traditional, eudaimonistic variety centers on its apparently foundational appeal to nature in order to provide a source of normativity. This paper argues that a ...
  • Mathematical structuralism, modal nominalism, and the coherence principle 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Oxford University Press, 2015-10)
    According to Stewart Shapiro's coherence principle, structures exist whenever they can be coherently described. I argue that Shapiro's attempts to justify this principle (along with his position, ante rem structuralism) ...
  • Truth and value in Rebecca West's the return of the soldier 

    Hershfield, Jeffrey A. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014-10)
    Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier offers an imaginative and philosophically intriguing twist on the familiar trope of the irreconcilable tension between a man’s love for a woman and his duties to his wife and family. ...
  • Prioritizing scientific exploration: A comparison of the ethical justifications for space development and for space science 

    Schwartz, James S. J. (Elsevier Ltd., 2014-11)
    I argue that the moral justification for space science is more compelling than the moral justification for space development. Thus, we ought to reemphasize the status of science as a major stakeholder in space, especially ...
  • Book Review: Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, vol 1 

    Birondo, Noell N. (Koninklijke Brill NV, 2014)
    This volume initiates a welcome new Oxford Studies series based on the annual meeting of the Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics, organized by Mark Timmons. The back matter indicates that the series is a place where ...
  • On the interpretive role of theories of gravity and 'ugly' solutions to the total evidence for dark matter 

    Vanderburgh, William L. (Elsevier Ltd., 2014-08)
    Peter Kosso (2013) discusses the weak gravitational lensing observations of the Bullet Cluster and argues that dark matter can be detected in this system solely through the equivalence principle without the need to specify ...
  • Putting a new spin on galaxies: Horace W. Babcock, the Andromeda Nebula, and the dark matter revolution 

    Vanderburgh, William L. (SAGE Publications, 2014-05)
    When a scientist is the first to perform a difficult type of observation and correctly interprets the result as a significant challenge to then-widely accepted core theories, and the result is later recognized as seminal ...
  • Morality of unequal autonomy: reviving Kant's concept of status for stakeholders 

    Castro, Susan V. H. (Springer, 2014-06)
    Though we cherish freedom and equality, there are human relations we commonly take to be morally permissible despite the fact that they essentially involve an inequality specifically of freedom, i.e., parental and fiduciary ...
  • Book review: Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History 

    Unknown author (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014-04)
    In Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History, Kristi E. Sweet accepts Allen Wood’s challenge to present in a single book the entire arc of Kant’s practical philosophy, including both its a priori and empirical aspects, ...
  • Missed it by that much: Austin on norms of truth 

    Hershfield, Jeffrey A. (Springer, 2012-06)
    A principal challenge for a deflationary theory is to explain the of truth: why we aim for true beliefs, abhor dishonesty, and so on. The problem arises because deflationism sees truth as a mere logical property and the ...
  • John Searle's Making the Social World 

    Hershfield, Jeffrey A. (Cambridge University Press, 2011-12)
  • Ethics and the human genome project 

    Paske, Gerald H. (Kansas Medical Society, 1995)