David Colby Reed Presents at The Institutions of Extraterrestrial Liberty Series


David Colby Reed

David Colby Reed

June 11, 2021
11:00am — 11:30am ET

David Colby Reed will be presenting "Hidden Features: Designing for Democratic Equality Among Future Spacefarers" on the Day Four of the Institutions of Extraterrestrial Liberty, a four-day series of seminars hosted by the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh Futures Institute and UK Centre for Astrobiology) with the British Interplanetary Society (UK), the Open Lunar Foundation (US) and the Institute for Liberal Studies (Canada) exploring the conditions for freedom beyond Earth.

Event Description

The establishment of a permanent human presence beyond the Earth raises questions on what freedoms people can expect. On the one hand, space offers escape from entrenched views on Earth. On the other hand, the control of oxygen, food, and water production in isolated populations presents opportunities for extensive forms of tyranny. Investigating the institutional arrangements for liberty in space constitutes a fascinating problem in political philosophy and one of the most profound new challenges for democracy in the 21st century.

This four-day on-line webinar series will consider the question: How will institutional arrangements shape the nature of liberty beyond Earth? Over 20 speakers will present their ideas on the Institutions of Extraterrestrial Liberty. 

The meeting includes two Keynote lectures (8th and 9th June) on 'The Case for Space is Liberty' by Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society and author of 'The Case for Mars' and  'The Enlightenment in the 21st century' by Anthony Pagden, Professor of Political Science and History at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of 'The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters'. This lecture is in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The discussion meeting runs parallel to the assembly of a multi-author volume: ‘The Institutions of Extraterrestrial Liberty’, which will be published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2022.

The discussion will consist of four days of presentations and discussion. 

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