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Xenophilosophy and the Knowledge of Ourselves

Xenophilosophy and the Knowledge of Ourselves

Mariano Gastón Asla

FCB-IF Austral University, School of Biomedical Sciences - Philosophy Institute, Austral University, Argentina.

masla@austral.edu.ar

ABSTRACT

Extraterrestrials have been a common topic in some oral traditions but also in literature and philosophy. Epicurus, William of Ockham, Immanuel Kant or Michael Ruse, to name just a few examples, have used this kind of fictions to analyze and defend very different arguments. Currently, this interest has not diminished. On the contrary, it has spread to other disciplines, including the natural sciences. In fact, this interest does not entail just an expansive theoretical movement, but also the development of a practical dimension, i.e. the active pursuit of life and signs of intelligence in the outer space. My goal in this article is twofold. First, in a practical level, I will explore some arguments in favor of the scientific interest regarding the search of extraterrestrial life. Second, from a theoretical perspective, I will present some examples that show the philosophical value of the extraterrestrial intelligence fiction as a mental experiment of remarkable heuristic fertility.

 

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Science, Religion and Culture

March

Vol. 3, Iss. 1 Pages 1-57

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