"In this highly original book, Russell Blackford discusses the intersection of science fiction and humanity's moral imagination. With the rise of science and technology in the 19th century, and our continually improving understanding of the cosmos, writers and thinkers soon began to imagine futures greatly different from the present. Science fiction was born out of the realization that future technoscientific advances could dramatically change the world. Along with the developments described in modern science fiction - space societies, conscious machines, and upgraded human bodies, to name but a few - come a new set of ethical challenges and new forms of ethics. Blackford identifies these issues and their reflection in science fiction. His fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in philosophy or science fiction, or in how they interact."--Back cover.
Science fiction and the moral imagination : visions, minds, ethics / Russell Blackford.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer
1. Introduction: Science and the Rise of Science Fiction -- 2. Science Fiction: A Short History of a Literary Genre -- 3. Morality, Science Fiction, and Enabling Form -- 4. Future and Alien Moralities -- 5. Technophiles, Technophobes, and Renegades -- 6. Aliens, Robots, Mutants, and Others -- 7. Going Inward: Science Fiction and Human Enhancement -- 8. Conclusion: Great Power and Great Responsibility.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Science and fiction, 2197-1188
xi, 204 pages
You may use this item for non-commercial teaching and research purposes only, provided that due credit is given to the creator(s) and/or to the owner of the collection, as applicable.
It is forbidden to harm the author’s honor or reputation by means of altering the item or damaging the integrity of the item.
In addition to specifying the name(s) of the creator(s) when making use of their work, please acknowledge the source of the material as follows:
From the collection of the National Library of Israel, courtesy of: ______*.
*The name of the collection owner that is indicated in the Library catalog
Any use that does not comply with the above conditions is subject to consent from the owner of copyright in the item and/or the owner of the collection from which the item originated, as applicable.
For any additional copyright information please contact NLI’s copyright inquiry service here.
If you believe that there is an error in the information above, or in case of any concern of copyright infringement in connection with this item, please contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have more information? Found a mistake?
The Jews Who Treated the Hindenburg Survivors
The pride of Nazi Germany, the Hindenburg — officially designated LZ-129 Hindenburg — was the biggest commercial airship ever built, and, at the time, the most technologically advanced. It was 803.8 feet (ca. 245 meters) in length and 135.1 feet (ca. 41 meters) in diameter. It was more than three tiTo the article on our blog
New Effort Launched to Identify and Catalogue Every Hebrew Book in Italy for First Time Ever
A ground breaking collaborative effort to create a unified listing of all Hebrew books in Italy for the first time ever has been announced by The Union of Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI), the Rome National Central Library (BNCR), and the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem. The “ITo the article on our blog
The month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars (i.e., canonical practices) of Islam. During the daylight hours in Ramadan, Muslims are prohibited from food, drink, smokMore on this subject