What are five books you should read about space philosophy?

Have you ever pondered the philosophical implications of space travel? Do you want to read about it, but don’t know where to start? That’s why we spoke with Dr. Konrad Szocik, a space philosophy expert who writes about the colonization of space. He recently edited a book on the topic called The Human Factor in a Mission to Mars. Below, he provides his thoughts on five space philosophy books that he recommends. Enjoy!

Beyond: Our Future in Space – by Chris Impey (2016)

Although history features prominently in this book, it is also forward-looking. Chris describes the idea of human spaceflight in a fascinating way and spends time discussing possible future scenarios – including speculation on the separate evolution of a human population in a space colony!

Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go – by David A. Weintraub (2018)

The author explains how the possibility of life on Mars (either today or in the past) is socially and ethically complicated. He also provides an amazing historical overview of the human interest in and imagination on life on Mars.

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity – by Martin Rees (2018)

Only one chapter in this book is devoted to issues about future space exploration. But in that chapter, Dr. Rees discusses in interesting ways the challenges it presents.

The Ethics of Space Exploration – edited by James S. J. Schwartz and Tony Milligan (2016)

This collected book discussed various authors’ perspectives on the ethical challenges associated with space exploration and space settlement.

The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth – edited by Charles S. Cockell (2015)

This book discusses different contexts and meanings of liberty and freedom in future space colonies. The authors show how, from a Western point of the view that values liberty, human life may be quite challenging. Authors discuss the possible limitations on liberty and freedom that living in space would entail.