Navigating the “New Normal” Through Philosophy

1 June, 2020

Umang Kumar responds to Italian Philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s philosophical protests against the restrictions introduced in response to Covid-19, and finds Agamben’s distinctions between “bare life” and the “good life worth living” deeply problematic. Focussing on this distinction is a luxury a Western philosopher might have, but for many the bare life and the good life are intertwined.

“Whether we like it or not, the bare life of poverty, frugality and abnegation is upon us. It allows us the occasion and opportunity to enter the lives of others we had distanced ourselves from – the bare survivors.”

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via Madras Courier, 28 May 2020