Title: Everything Must Change: Philosophical Lessons from Lockdown
Author: BUFACCHI VITTORIO
Illustrator: 2 BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Imprint: MANCHESTER UNI PRESS
Publishing status: Active
Taking its cue from Michel de Montaigne, this book asks what COVID-19 can teach us about the â€˜art of livingâ€™. It examines eight themes from a philosophical perspective, including attitudes to old age, populism and life under lockdown, arguing that the crisis presents opportunities to create a more just society and change our lives for the better.
French philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533â€“92) said that facing our mortality is the only way to learn the â€˜art of livingâ€™. He was right. This book is about what we can learn from COVID-19, as individuals but also collectively. It argues that this crisis could change our lives for the better, ushering in a more just society. Exploring eight themes through philosophical lenses, the book asks whether COVID-19 is a misfortune or an injustice, considers the largest cohort of victims (people in old age) and discusses whether life under lockdown is comparable to life in the so-called â€˜state of natureâ€™. It explores the likely impact of the virus on the global phenomenon of populism and analyses the relationship between COVID-19 and post-truth. One chapter is dedicated to the role of arguably the most important players in the response to the pandemic: the experts. The book ends by considering the spike of reported cases of domestic violence during the lockdown via an analysis of the BB HardbackC adaptation of Sally Rooneyâ€™s novel Normal People.
Dimension: 198mm X 129mm