ZOOM SEMINAR: Restricting Freedom during Pandemics

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Iwao Hirose, Fellow, SCAS. Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Value Theory and the Philosophy of Public Policy, McGill University, Montréal
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Iwao Hirose, SCAS and McGill University, gives a seminar on "Restricting Freedom during Pandemics". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract: In order to respond to the outbreak of infectious disease, the government implements a range of extraordinary measures and restricts basic individual freedom, e.g., putting the infected persons in quarantine, limiting the freedom of movement, shutting down non-essential business, and so on. Ethically speaking, can such restrictions be justified? I will make two claims. First, in order to answer the question, ethicists are expected to be constrained by what I call the “common ground constraint”. Second, some restrictions (e.g., shutting down non-essential business) cannot be justified unless the common ground constraint is violated.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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