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Special issue: space philosophy and space ethics
February 15th, 2021
Studia Humana special issue on space philosophy and space ethics

Editor: Konrad Szocik
Interdisciplinary journal Studia Humana invites contributors interested in space philosophy and space ethics to send paper proposals. Space philosophy/philosophy of space missions/philosophy of space exploration is a very interdisciplinary discipline. Despite this natural interdisciplinarity, we invite you to submit papers exposing philosophical and ethical elements rather than, for example, other elements relevant to space exploration such as political, economic or medical. Suggested topics may include – but are not limited to – issues such as:
- Rationale for space missions
- New issues in environmental ethics for space
- The value of scientific exploration of space
- SETI/METI
- Space bioethics (human enhancement, human reproduction in space, and others)
- Methodological and conceptual issues (what distinguishes, if anything, space philosophy/space bioethics/space environmental ethics from their Earth-based counterparts?)

Authors are asked to send their papers until the end of August 2021 to the following e-mail address: konrad-szocik@wp.pl
Accepted papers are scheduled for publication in 4 issue 2021 (December), with the possibility of some texts being published in 1 issue 2022 (February), while all finally accepted papers may be published prior to assignment to the issue as early view.

Instructions for authors:
http://studiahumana.com/for-authors.html
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MOST OFTEN READING TEXT:

Many-worlds theory of truth
author: Alexander Boldachev,
The logical world is a set of propositions, united by common principles of establishing their truth. The many-worlds theory asserting that the truth of any proposition in any given logical world is always established by comparing it with standard propositions in this world – directly or via the procedure of transferring the truth.

CURRENT ISSUE:

Unbound: Ethics, Law, Sustainability, and the New Space Race

author: Chris Impey,
We are witnessing a new space race. A half century after the last Moon landing, and after a decade during which the United States could not launch its own astronauts to Earth orbit, there is new energy in the space activity. China has huge ambitions to rival or eclipse America as the major space power, and other countries are developing space programs. However, perhaps the greatest excitement attaches to the entrepreneurs who are trying to create a new business model for space travel based initially on tourism, and eventually, on colonizing the Moon and Mars and harvesting resources from asteroids. This paper presents a snapshot of the new space race and the rich men behind it, and it looks at some of the ethical and legal issues raised by this activity. The methodology is to consider the stated ambitions of the men leading private space companies, compare and contrast the space endeavor with earlier episodes of exploration and transportation innovation, review the regulatory environment for outer space, and consider two divergent scenarios for the future. Opinions are divided on whether commercial space flight is an expensive indulgence or potentially a way to find sustainability solutions for our life on Earth. It is concluded that the new space race can be characterized as unbounded: in ambition, in terms of laws and regulations, and in terms of ethical constraints on the activity.

Exploring Perceptions of Religion and Science among Turkish Academics

author: Kenan Sevinç, Thomas J. Coleman III, Miguel Farias,
The religiosity of academics has been studied for over a decade. With few exceptions, this research has been conducted on American “elite” scientists, and data from non-Western countries is lacking. Drawing from psychological and sociological literature, the present exploratory study investigates the religiosity of Turkish academics (N = 361) and their perceptions on the relationship between religion and science, and associated variables such as interpretation of the Quran, and belief in evolution and creationism. Moreover, we address criticism directed at previous research by probing for different God concepts among believing academics. Although cultural differences can be identified, the results generally support the idea that academics are less religious with 54% identifying as “less religious” or “not religious,” compared to 24.2% self-identifying as “religious” or “extremely religious.”

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: A Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Animal Rights Debate

author: Anthony J. Cesario,
Libertarianism is understood to be a “deontological theory of law” that purportedly applies exclusively to humans. According to some libertarians, however, “one of the greatest weaknesses of libertarian theory” is that there are no provisions outlawing the abuse and torture of animals even though this seems to be one of “the most heinous acts it is possible to do”. Moreover, a few of these libertarians go even further and claim that this legal philosophy of non-aggression should actually be extended to include other animals. The purpose of this paper is to reconcile this seemingly irreconcilable situation by arguing that it is a “continuum problem” and offering a principled, libertarian compromise that resolves the animal rights debate using the non-aggression principle (NAP) and private property rights.