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Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life : Philosophical, Ethical and Theological Perspectives

Author: Constance M Bertka
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: Cambridge Astrobiology, no. 4
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Where did we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going? These are the questions that define the field of astrobiology. Philosophers, historians, ethicists, and theologians provide the perspectives  Read more...

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Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Constance M Bertka
ISBN: 9780511806506 0511806507
OCLC Number: 938897109
Notes: Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 13 Sep 2011).
Description: 1 online resource (336 p.)
Contents: 1. Astrobiology in societal context Constance Bertka; Part I. Origin of Life: 2. Emergence and the experimental pursuit of the origin of life Robert Hazen; 3. From Aristotle to Darwin, to Freeman Dyson: changing definitions of life viewed in historical context James Strick; 4. Philosophical aspects of the origin-of-life problem: the emergence of life and the nature of science Iris Fry; 5. The origin of terrestrial life: a Christian perspective Ernan McMullin; 6. The alpha and the omega: reflections on the origin and future of life from the perspective of Christian theology and ethics Celia Deane-Drummond; Part II. Extent of Life: 7. A biologist's guide to the Solar System Lynn Rothschild; 8. The quest for habitable worlds and life beyond the Solar System Carl Pilcher; 9. A historical perspective on the extent and search for life Steven J. Dick; 10. The search for extraterrestrial life: epistemology, ethics, and worldviews Mark Lupisella; 11. The implications of discovering extraterrestrial life: different searches, different issues Margaret S. Race; 12. God, evolution, and astrobiology Cynthia S. W. Crysdale; Part III. Future of Life: 13. Planetary ecosynthesis on Mars: restoration ecology and environmental ethics Christopher P. McKay; 14. The trouble with intrinsic value: an ethical primer for astrobiology Kelly C. Smith; 15. God's preferential option for life: a Christian perspective on astrobiology Richard O. Randolph; 16. Comparing stories about the origin, extent, and future of life: an Asian religious perspective Francisca Cho; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge Astrobiology, no. 4
Responsibility: edited by Constance M. Bertka.
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