The Corona Catena
Pandemics affect philosophy in multiple ways. Marcus Aurelius died of the plague in ancient Vienna in 180 C.E. and Hegel died of cholera in Berlin in 1831, although in both cases the exact cause of death is still disputed among historians. On a positive note, we notice that a quarantine often results in beautiful texts. The Decamerone is a classic example of course, but we could also mention Isaac Newton who, when the campus in Cambridge was closed, returned to his parental farm to develop his ideas on mathematics, optics and gravity.
Now that we no longer enjoy each other’s company in the Bayle building, we decided to invite colleagues to take up their pens to reflect on the Corona crisis from a personal and, or philosophical perspective.
Wiep van Bunge opens the series reflecting on how not to cope with crises and Gijs van Oenen reflects on the role of music as an immunization strategy. Yogi Hendlin writes about environmental health and pandemic deployment and Han van Ruler reflects on the crisis in 'Stay in touch!'