The Ethics of the Coronavirus Lockdown, with Christian Barry

published 2 weeks ago by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Due to COVID-19, significant restrictions have been placed on freedoms to move about in many nations. Philosopher Christian Barry explores how the costs of these lockdowns can be weighed in a morally plausible way against the costs arising from increased spread of the virus. Many issues come back to a central question: Under what circumstances can some people be expected, even compelled, to bear costs for the sake of others?

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