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SOTT FOCUS: Ethics and Fundamental Values in Times of Corona

SOTT FOCUS: Ethics and Fundamental Values in Times of Corona

When it comes to the so-called Corona crisis, everyone seems to be talking about numbers. Isn’t the virus not much worse than the flu? If so, why didn’t we have a lockdown during the flu season? And even if Covid-19 is worse – aren’t the lockdown measures actually killing more people than the virus itself? While these are valid and important arguments, they still operate on a simplistic utalitarian understanding of ethics: it’s all about calculating the best outcome, counting the dead, maximizing humanity’s well-being by weighing one thing (the virus) against another (the measures). The dispute is just about the variables. But I think most of us who are critical of the current madness feel it in our bones that there is something deeply wrong here, and it has little to do with the numbers. Suppose that this virus really was a deadly killer and we could reasonably expect it to kill off, let’s say, 10% of the population in every country. Would you accept the current measures then?…
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