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Volume 64, Issue 4, Fall 2020

Philosophy in a Time of Pandemic

Eduardo Mendieta
Pages 883-887

Antinomies of a Pandemic
Lady Philosophy in Blue Plastic Gloves

The essay considers three classic definitions of philosophy, namely those offered by Socrates, Boethius, as semantically enriched by Montaigne, and Kant, in order to reflected on individual and collective death. Kant’s philosophical tool of the antinomies of reason is deployed to think through the antinomies of our pandemic in order to make clear that in a pandemic there is only collective, and not individual or even national, inoculation. The false dichotomies of physical versus social, embodiment versus virtuality, nationalism versus planetarization, and propaganda versus science, are discussed. Lady philosophy appears wearing blue plastic gloves.

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