Llamada a la participación. Monográfico: «Thinking the Pandemics: Philosophical Perspectives»

Revista: Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 2021, Volume 77, No. 2-3

Fecha límite para el envío de artículos: 30 de abril de 2021

Since the end of 2019, the world has faced a serious health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The health crisis, which began to hit China and spread to most of the world’s countries, has so far caused more than one million casualties. In the attempt to control the spread of the virus, many of the world’s governments have implemented drastic confinement measures whose economic, social, and political effects are devastating.

The  response  to  this  profound  crisis  has  demanded  the  best  commitment  from  the  various  agents  of  society  and calls upon researchers from the various fields of knowledge to seek solutions to the challenges we face and to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on the various dimensions of human life. Philosophy is no exception. In this context, RPF intends to contribute to the reflection on the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, publishing original  philosophical  essays  that  address,  from  different  philosophical  perspectives,  problematics  associated with the crisis we are facing.

It is important to recognize that the pandemic is much more than a biological phenomenon. Covid-19 is experienced in its psychological, social, and existential dimensions by concrete human beings. Philosophy can make an important contribution to the understanding and interpretation of these complex experiences.

In the current pandemic context, science has assumed a major role. Despite the efforts of teams of researchers around  the  world  to  find  a  treatment  or  vaccine  for  Covid-19,  the  results  are  not  as  fast  as  the  public  opinion  would expect, which could result in a new perception of the limits and possibilities of science. The publication of  numerous  articles  on  the  subject,  many  of  which  fall  short  of  conventional  scientific  criteria,  as  well  as  the  promotion  of  treatments  that  are  not  scientifically  validated,  rekindles  the  problem  of  the  demarcation  of  sci-ence.  On  the  other  hand,  the  uncertainty  associated  with  many  of  the  predictions  regarding  the  evolution  of  the  pandemic  poses  questions  about  the  limitations  of  quantitative  models  in  health  sciences  and  about  the  epistemological  limits  of  multivariable  analysis.  The  problem  of  discerning  between  causality  and  correlation also takes on a new relevance.Within  this  framework,  RPF  invites  the  submission  of  original  articles  that  may  contribute  to  a  philosophical  reflection on issues related to the pandemic situation we are experiencing. Contributions are accepted for each of the following topics: phenomenological and hermeneutical questions; ethical problems; social and political implications; scientific and epistemological challenges. Some research questions are:

  • Experience of illness and social isolation
  • Vulnerability, death and meaning of life
  • The emotions of the pandemic: fear, anxiety, confidence, empathy, compassion, longing, nostalgia
  • Moral dilemmas in a pandemic time: freedom vs. safety; economy vs. health
  • Bioethics issues associated with research on Covid-19 and the treatment of infected people
  • Social and economic impact of the health crisis
  • The role of digital technologies in the response to the pandemic
  • Limitation of individual freedoms and rights in times of pandemic
  • Populisms, nationalisms and the weakening of democracy
  • Instrumentalization of the crisis
  • Limitations of quantitative models in health sciences
  • Epistemological limits of multivariable analysis
  • Public perception of the limits of science

Contacto: rpf.aletheia@gmail.com

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