Culture and Spaceflight

The history of the ideas of space and spaceflight is explored, which dates back to ancient times. Current priorities are Platonism, the Renaissance, the science fiction in the 17th century, Kant's aesthetics of the sublime, Schelling’s universalism, the science fiction in 1900 until the 1920s, the space pioneers of the Weimar Republic, the space philosophy of suprematism in the Russian avant-garde, the space ideas in the 1950s and 1960s, the group Zero, Ernst Bloch's "ontology of not-yet-being", Hans Blumenberg's "The Completeness of the Stars" and Günter Anders "the view from the moon." Also film classics on space are analyzed. Systematically metaphysics, space ontology, anthropology and epistemology are the focus.

In addition ethical concepts relating to space are explored. Technological innovations were often pushed by individuals in the history of mankind. Those individuals were driven by the courage of idealistic aims and were taking calculable [!] risks. This is in contrast to the safety needs of today’s complex society. “Space and culture” investigates concepts for the integration of risk and safety in view of the ethics of spaceflight to be consolidated.

The teaching of the working group Culture and Space is interdisciplinary. It offeres multidisciplinary courses for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Humanities and Education.



Dr. phil. Marie-Luise Heuser