11 September 2015 Philosophy of astrobiology: some recent developments
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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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Vera M. Kolb, Vera M. Kolb, } "Philosophy of astrobiology: some recent developments", Proc. SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 960605 (11 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2181775; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2181775


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