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The Value of Science in Space Exploration

James S.J. Schwartz


The Value of Science in Space Exploration provides a rigorous assessment of the value of scientific knowledge and understanding in the context of contemporary space exploration. It argues that traditional spaceflight rationales are deficient, and that the strongest defense of spaceflight comes from its potential to produce intrinsically and instrumentally valuable knowledge and understanding. It engages with contemporary epistemology to articulate an account of the intrinsic value of scientific knowledge and understanding. It also parleys with recent work in science policy and social philosoph ... More

Keywords: space exploration, space policy, epistemic value, planetary protection, space resources, space colonization, space science, science policy, applied ethics, space advocacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190069063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190069063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James S.J. Schwartz, author
Wichita State University