We at the Centre want to hear from you what issues about the pandemic you want to hear addressed and what questions you want answered. Ask us about the ethics of aspects of the response to the pandemic, or about our relationship to the authorities managing this crisis, or what COVID-19 shows us about ourselves and our society, or any other philosophical question you may have about it.
Vittorio Buffachi draws on the work of Cicero to discuss the distinctive value of old age and the elderly, and why examples of policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic which places the elderly at most risk harm society.
Can philosophy help us during a global pandemic? Watch us discuss how philosophy can help us live well in the face of radical uncertainty and spiralling self-doubt, as well as answering questions of people who watched the livestream as this was being recorded. Dr. Emma Farrell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCD School of Education and Dr. Áine Mahon, Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Education, UCD School of Education appear in conversation with Dr. Shane Bergin, Physicist and Assistant Professor in Science Education, UCD School of Education. They discuss the themes in Farrell and Mahon's article on the same topic.
Christopher Cowley from the Centre writes about the perils of understanding the respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of personal heroism, while what is most important is to have well run and well funded institutions, and it is too easy for individual heros to be found within floundering institutions.
Rowland Stout, director of the Centre, writes a short piece about why it is a mistake to try and give yourselves reasons why it is OK for you not to follow the advice about staying in lockdown, even if it is very disruptive and it can be hard to see why the rules are what they are.
Silvia Panizza from CEPL reflects on how the increasingly severe restrictions in Italy have pushed to the forefront questions about humans' animal nature, the links we form between each other, and the links we have to other animals.
Joe Humphreys from The Irish Times interviews four philosophers about how philosophy can help in dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis, including Vittoria Buffacchi from UCC who is affiliated with CEPL
Silvia Panizza writes in The Conversation as part of their Life's Big Questions series about how having the right way to think about self-isolation helps with getting through these difficult and uncertain times.
Silvia Thompson of the Irish Times talks with Maria Baghramian of CEPL about what is required for experts to keep trust in experts when society is undertaking such drastic measures to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.