What is Thomas Hobbes known for? If one asked a generally educated audience, probably two ideas would come up: the notion of a social contract and the picture of the Leviathan – the omnipotent sovereign. But the impact Thomas Hobbes had on later debates can by no means be reduced to these two ideas.
How does modern society threaten human freedom? How do we think about freedom and subjecthood? A philosophical review.
Sarah Richmond is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at University College London. One of her main research interests is the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre.
The time of actual health restrictions imposed on private and public life seems to be over. Even though it might be rational to still stick to them, we don't really care anymore. Why is this? The attempt of an explanation.
Throughout the history of philosophy fathoming the nature of beauty has been a concern. The corona lockdown challenges our current perception of the ideal body. Is it possible that we will develop a new understanding of beauty, that „Corona Aesthetics“ will evolve?
Perhaps Covid-19 made our generation see its first collective "historical moment". What does this mean? How does this historical dimension feel like? A personal approximation.
A lot of the measures against the Coronavirus have found little or no disapproval by the majority of the population, and many protests against the measures are regarded with suspicion. Yet, should we not be critical of the authoritarian aspects of the measures and of the understanding of politics they exhibit? An essay.
Basic civil rights have been taken away from us by the government in order to fight the virus. Is it our duty to protect these rights and go demonstrating? A philosophical inquiry.
How can we justify the current lockdown from a philosophical perspective? Is it justifiable at all? And does Corona pose a problem to our understanding of social justice? An inquiry into the ethics of health care.
Corona has become the inevitable focal point of all debates. No matter whether this is getting on our nerves or not, we cannot escape the questions the pandemic implies. This is why we have to debate them, and why we launch a new column.