How should we think politically about the current global crisis? Do extreme circumstances reveal truths of political philosophy or do they reinforce whatever it is we already believe? Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan talk about applying philosophical insights to real-life situations rife with unknowns, John Rawls's veil of ignorance and Adam Smith on our interconnectedness, utilitarianism, libertarianism, and more.
The only article we explicitly talk about is "How Coronavirus Is Shaking Up the Moral Universe" by John Authers, which surveys some philosophical positions. Some of the other articles we reviewed in preparation for this included:
- "The Ethics of Ordering Non-Essential Items Online During the Coronavirus Lockdown" by Laura Steele
- "What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About" by Jill Lepore
- Slavoj Zizek's blog posts about the pandemic in Russia Today (which will be a book soon)
- A couple of essays that Zizek's posts are responding to by Giorgio Agamben
- "Overview: Ethical Concerns in Responding to Coronavirus" from Johns Hopkins
- "Pandemics: The Ethics of Mandatory and Voluntary Interventions" from the Hastings Center
End song: "Date of Grace" by Rob Picott (pronounced "Pie-Caught," not the way Mark pronounces it here), as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #80.
Sponsor: Visit TheGreatCoursesPLUS.com/PEL for a free trial of unlimited learning at $10/month w/ a quarterly plan.