What ethical obligations do we have when it comes to COVID-19? What kind of object is COVID-19? How can we know effective and reliable responses? How can we choose among alternative, conflicting responses? Is a term like "beautiful" applicable to a deadly virus?
This page has been created to gather some philosophical approaches to such questions and others that the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has raised.
The page, like the pandemic, is in progress. Suggestions are welcome!
"So among those who pursue truth, some have contributed enduring doctrines, but they could not have done so without the unrecognized work of others." (Aristotle, Metaphysics)
David Liakos writes:
Among the responses by philosophers to the coronavirus, the most notable to my mind has been that of the Italian thinker Giorgio Agamben, who has written a series of texts on the subject: "The Invention of an Epidemic," "Clarifications," "Reflections on the Plague," and "Medicine as Religion." These critical essays have set off much controversy online, but also a great deal of provocation for thinking, at least in my view.
Probably the most widely discussed response to Agamben, which also concerned the pandemic more generally, was Slavoj Žižek, "Is Barbarism with a Human Face Our Fate?"
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