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Ideologies of contagion and communities of life

Ideologies of contagion and communities of life

Lemm, Vanessa ORCID: 0000-0002-8444-0470 (2022) Ideologies of contagion and communities of life. In: Lemm, Vanessa ORCID: 0000-0002-8444-0470 and Vatter, Miguel, (eds.) The Viral Politics of Covid-19: Nature, Home and Planetary Health. Biolegalities book series (BIOGA) . Palgrave Macmillan - Springer Nature, London and Singapore, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-9811939419; 978-9811939426; 9811939411 (doi:

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This chapter offers a critical discussion of the first reactions of philosophers and public intellectuals to the pandemic from the rise of a new communism to the hope for new Enlightenment. It questions the humanist and religious underpinnings of ideologies of contagion and points toward the possibility of communities of life that are immune against these ideologies.

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Additional Information: This chapter is based on a conference paper ‘Contagion and Community of Life’ that I presented at the international workshop Aesthetic & Critique III: Thinking in Pandemic Times: Contagion as Metaphor, 27–28 May 2021, at the Université de Fribourg. I thank the organizers Emmanuel Alloa and Christoph Haffter and the audience for their questions and suggestions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community; ideology; coronavirus; planetary health; contagion; community of life; hope; humanism; religion; cynic
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 10:36

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