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Philosophy of astrobiology: some recent developments
Author(s): Vera M. Kolb
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We present some recent developments in philosophy of astrobiology which illustrate usefulness of philosophy to astrobiology. We cover applications of Aristotelian views to definition of life, of Priest’s dialetheism to the question if viruses are alive, and various thought experiments in regard to these and other astrobiology issues. Thought experiments about the survival of life in the Solar system and about the role of viruses at the beginning and towards the end of life are also described.

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Date Published: 11 September 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 960605 (11 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2181775
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Vera M. Kolb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9606:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Nalin C. Wickramasinghe, Editor(s)

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