A year of COVID-19
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This chapter suggests that philosophy has a great deal to contribute to the debate on COVID-19. It explores different definitions of what philosophy is, arguing in favour of a philosophy that is action-guiding. Philosophy is praxis. The chapter also considers two main rival models of ethics: one based on rights, the other on duties. I suggest that the rights-based model is, in part, responsible for the anti-mask movement. Finally, the chapter suggests that duties should come first and not be subordinated to rights. A duty-based approach to ethics explains why, during this pandemic, everyone has a moral duty to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick.

Everything must change

Philosophical lessons from lockdown


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