Chapter 7 -- On the methodology of space ethics

dc.contributor.authorSchwartz, James S.J.
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dc.description.abstractThis 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 space environment has not advanced to the point where we can say decisively what is or is not intrinsically valuable in space. Thus we do not have adequate grounds for claiming that all that is of value can be accommodated by a single underlying value. We should therefore remain open to the possibility that a pluralist account of value may best suit the ethics of space. More positively, since space is studied in fractured and piecemeal ways, the pluralist outlook may be more conducive to novel reasons for environmental protection—protection that could facilitate broader opportunities for scientific discovery than under the current planetary protection regime. I also argue that our relative ignorance about the space environment raises related difficulties for virtue-based accounts of ethics.en_US
dc.identifier.citationSchwartz, James S. J. 2016. Chapter 7 -- On the methodology of space ethics. In: Ethics of Space Exploration Part of the series Space and Society, pp 93-107en_US
dc.publisherSpringer International Publishingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEthics of Space Exploration Part of the series Space and Society;
dc.rights.holder© 2016 Springer International Publishing AG.en_US
dc.subjectValue pluralismen_US
dc.subjectValue monismen_US
dc.subjectNormative ethicsen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental ethicsen_US
dc.subjectPlanetary protectionen_US
dc.subjectJ. Baird Callicotten_US
dc.subjectChristopher Stoneen_US
dc.subjectTony Milliganen_US
dc.titleChapter 7 -- On the methodology of space ethicsen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
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