Coronavirus and philosophers. A Tribune (Agamben, Nancy, Esposito, Benvenuto, Dwivedi, Mohan, Ronchi, de Carolis, Vatter, Cacciari, Cristi, Stimilli, Nobus, Kristeva, Mbembe, Baross, Braunstein, Smith

Speech at the webinar UNESCO

29 June 2020

 

Evil is a noun that evokes something general, philosophical, transcending all bad things. More than bad, an adjective.  When, in a …
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On the Viral Event

 

In 1755, an earthquake devastated the city of Lisbon, with the best estimates placing the death toll somewhere between 30,000 and 75,000. As with our current crisis, the disaster …
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A notable essay by my friend Asunción Álvarez (2020) sparked these reflections on burial rites and their imposed modifications due to the present circumstances, which can only  be defined …
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Summary:

The text is a philosophical critique of Agamben’s much debated response to the coronavirus pandemic and the states of emergency declared.  It …
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A Flight Indestinate

 

Today satellites make us the ‘watchers from the sky’ of the mass graves wherever the speed of COVID19 related deaths has outstripped the speed of medical and funerary care. …
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Originally published in Gauchazh on March 31, 2020

 

The coronavirus is changing the form in which we think about the human body.  It was converted into a weapon, …
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Interview with Julia Kristeva for Corriere della Sera, March 29, 2020

 

Bulgarian-born French psychoanalyst and philosopher, Julia Kristeva, defines herself as European even though she sees Europe failing at …
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“In philosophizing we may not terminate a disease of thought. It must run its natural course, and slow cure is all important.” ­– Ludwig Wittgenstein

Implicitly we are asking in these …
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Trying to find a fitting way to begin this brief reflection, I felt like Leonard Cohen when he sat down to write to Marianne Ihlen in his room at …
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An Indian friend of mine tells me that back home they talk about the ‘communovirus’. How could we not have thought of that already? It’s so obvious! And what …
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