What does it mean to be in the middle of a pandemic—for me, for my country, for the world? How do our current inequalities and injustices become amplified by the demands of the pandemic and what, if anything, can be done? Who is most impacted—and why does it seem that so many of the same people are, once again, deemed expendable and less-than? How do we explain COVID-19 and its attendant traumas to our children, and what do we teach them about hope, justice, grief, and the role of imagination in survival? And once the worst has passed, how do we start again, and what should we care about as we contemplate individual and collective repair?In this collection of public and political philosophy, both well-established and up-and-coming philosophers come together to address these and other questions born of a devastating pandemic to which they are neither objective spectators nor observers, insulated by the passage of time. Indeed, the contributors to this volume are both grounded in, and immediately affected by, their own lived realities as source material for the questions that move and motivate them.
Anna Gotlib is associate professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College CUNY. Her areas of research and teaching include bioethics/medical ethics, moral psychology, social and political philosophy. She serves as one of the chief editors of IJFAB (International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics). Her work has appeared in Hypatia, The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Humana Mente, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and a number of edited collections. She has published two edited volumes in moral psychology on the emotions of sadness and regret.