articles on on the pandemic from a philosophical perspective


The Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing discussion of its ramifications have raised many philosophical questions. At, we have followed these discussions with great interest. We are pleased to welcome contributions that highlight philosophical issues raised by the pandemic, its politics, its epidemiology, sociology, economy and psychology. We have a mission statement that places a high (some might say: absolute) value on free speech (libel, as usual, excluded) and seek to publish articles that are philosophically argumentative, show a solid theoretical and methodological approach and add a significant contribution to the current debate. If your piece is (mostly) about the empirical evidence or questions of political tactics, if it should (primarily) influence some election or vote or highlight (chiefly) ideological or sociological issues, our portal is not the right place to publish your piece. If your contribution concerns any of the (many!) philosophical questions raised by the pandemic and its implications, is argumentative and is neither libelous, nor purely polemic, send it to us via email. We publish articles in English, German, French and Italian and we will list all covid-19 related articles further down on this page. 

We are interested in broadening the philosophical debate on current issues, both in Switzerland and internationally. A diversity of contributions and a variety of approaches and arguments will therefore be welcome.

In particular, we are interested in articles that address the following issues (non-exhaustive list): 

  • paternalism, and how it features (or not) in various “official” responses to the pandemic,
    issues of human rights and solidarity obligations (right to bodily integrity, obligation not to do harm);
  • the epistemology of epidemics, questions of scientific modelling, the science/politics interface;
  • contemporary pandemics and humans' relationship/politics and moral duty toward/with other species;
  • individual and collective autonomy and security devices;
  • the pandemic and the climate crisis both at the international policy level as well as at the local level;
  • the pandemic and the world of work and its transformations: the repercussions on individuals as well as on the larger economic level; 
  • the pandemic and mental health, analysis of individual and intersubjective suffering in relation to altered living conditions;
  • scientific communication and contemporary media, critical analysis of the communication strategies of official agencies;
  • questions of the balance of harms: what considerations should we bring to bear in assessing the harms of disease against harms that result from pandemic-fighting measures? 
  • covid-19 and children: children bear the brunt of many measures undertaken to control the spread of covid-19 (school closures, socialization) - how do we weigh the questions of the balance of harms: what considerations should we bring to bear in assessing the harm of these measures on children? 
  • How do we think about risk? Which comparative risk assessments should we adopt? How risk averse should we be as individuals and as collectives? To what extent should individuals be able to set their own risk tolerances?


articles on the topic of the pandemic previously published on


Hellsichtiger Trost: Glauben, Wissen, Philosophieren Pablo Hubacher Haerle 17. Dezember 2021
How Good Descriptions Increase our Scientific Understanding of the World  Johannes Findl and Javier Suárez 29. November 2021
Wissenschafts-Vertrauen als Herausforderung Andreas Bartels 28. November 2021
Die real existierende Postmoderne Michael Esfeld November 24, 2021
Covid-19, distributive justice, and the super-rich Matthie Monnot, Céline Strüby, Joe Winzenried August 12, 2021
Philosophie und die Pandemie Philosophisches Seminar der Universität Zürich July 24, 2020
Was ist Diskriminierung? Andrea Klonschinski July 13, 2020
Corona-Krise und Tierethik Sara Tinnemeyer June 23, 2020
Die Wissenschaft in der Krise. DIe Wissenschaft in der Krise? Klaus-Georg Deck June 11, 2020
Zur Anästhetik von Coronavirus-Bildern Ana Dimke June 2, 2020
Freiheit, Tod und Aberglauben Christine Zunke May 29, 2020
„Coronakrise“ – Warum deren Abwendung Hinwendung bedeutet Anabel von der Osten-Sacken May 26,  2020
Tätiges Leben und Einsamkeit in Zeiten der Krise Maria Schwartz May 20, 2020
Krisenpotential Anita Horn Mai 13, 2020
Keine Zukunft ohne Theorie Sasha Benjamin Fink April 27, 2020
Schande und Chance in Zeiten der COVID-19-Pandemie Björn Freter April 20, 2020