A commitment to sanity in times of pandemic.
In these days of more than justified concern about a lethal pandemic, two questions are often asked: will we get out of this one? And what will we have learned for the future? And yes, we will get out of this one, although many – or many of us - will be left behind, because all epidemics are overcome poorly. But what will happen in the future will depend to a large extent on how we exercise our freedom, whether from an inclusive “we” or from a fragmentation of individuals in which ideologues play for power. It is at this point that we will demonstrate whether we have learned something.
For the first time in history the human race is confronted with universal challenges and has to respond from different approaches, ethics being one such approach because it focuses on objectives. Thus, while the moral norms and customs of the microlevels of societies are necessary, for the first time in history an ethics for the macro-level is now necessary, one which takes charge of the common objectives of humanity: a cosmopolitan ethics.
Adela Cortina, Professor of Philosophy and winner of the 2015 National Essay Prize, argues that in these times of pandemic we are facing a social and economic catastrophe that requires a powerful ethic. Not only the visible hand of the State, not only the invisible hand of the economy but, and very especially, the intangible hand of civic virtues and of a democratic ethos that helps us to face this exceptional situation.
In Cosmopolitan Ethics, the author proposes the design of an ethics based on a sense of justice, on the unwavering aspiration to freedom and on compassion, which is the true path of the human heart.
Adela Cortina, winner of the 2015 National Essay Prize and author of the bestseller Aporofobia, proposes in this book the need for a cosmopolitan ethics to face the challenges posed by the world in times of pandemic.