Suggested readings, #54

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

How Coronavirus is shaking up the moral universe. The pandemic is putting profound philosophical questions to the test. (Bloomberg)

A strange paradox: the better we manage to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the less we will learn from it. [By my friend and collaborator, Maarten Boudry] (The Conversation)

Does time really flow? New clues come from a century-old approach to math. (Quanta Magazine)

The attraction of apocalypse. The philosophical roots of our fascination with catastrophe. (Institute of Arts and Ideas)

The scholar’s vocation. A century ago, Max Weber both diagnosed the ills of the corporatised, modern university, and pointed out the path beyond it. (Aeon)

Coronavirus: this is not a plague. The metaphor obscures clear thinking. [Actually, I disagree with the author, but good read nevertheless.] (American Scholar)

The pandemic is not a natural disaster. The coronavirus isn’t just a public-health crisis. It’s an ecological one. [Perfect counter to the article just above] (New Yorker)

It’s the math, stupid. The real pandemic starts the day lockdown ends. (Center for Inquiry)

Ovid on the therapist’s couch. Other writers go to a shrink. Ovid wrote the Heroides. (Medium)

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Massimo

Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at platofootnote.org and howtobeastoic.org. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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