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The philosophers who might help us through COVID's dark days of lockdown

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How do we not fall prey to fear when all we hear is a drumbeat of doom and a daily roll call of new COVID cases?

Period24/07/2021

How do we not fall prey to fear when all we hear is a drumbeat of doom and a daily roll call of new COVID cases?

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TitleThe philosophers who might help us through COVID's dark days of lockdown
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletABC
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date24/07/21
DescriptionPhilosophers Dan Dagerman, Matthew Flinders and Matthew Thomas Johnson, in their study In Defence of Fear: COVID-19, Crises and Democracy, write that we live in an age of fear:

COVID-19 emerged into a socio-political context that was to some extent conditioned by narratives of crisis. It was fearful. From the global financial crisis to a succession of epidemics (Bird Flu, SARs, MERs, Ebola) through to the climate change crisis, the Eurozone crisis, and ongoing concern regarding the vaunted 'crisis', 'death' or 'suicide' of democracy, 'liquid life' appears an increasingly precarious journey in which the respite between fear-laden narratives of impending crisis appears increasingly brief.

COVID, they point out, arrived in the UK in the midst of Brexit anxiety.
Producer/AuthorStan Grant
PersonsDan Degerman, Matthew Flinders, Matthew Johnson