VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS
VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS



With medical mysteries, rising death tolls, and conspiracy theories beamed minute by minute through the vast web universe, the coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably altered societies around the world. In this sharp essay, world-renowned philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy interrogates the many meanings and metaphors we have assigned to the pandemic—and what they tell us about ourselves.

Drawing on the philosophical tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Lacan and Foucault, Lévy asks uncomfortable questions about reality and mythology: he rejects the idea that the virus is a warning from nature, the inevitable result of global capitalism; he questions the heroic status of doctors, asking us to think critically about the loci of authority and power; he challenges the panicked polarization that dominates online discourse. Lucid, incisive, and always original, Lévy takes a bird's-eye view of the most consequential historical event of our time and proposes a way to defend human society from threats to our collective future.

Title VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS
Publisher Yale University Press
Title First Published 28 June 2020
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 128 p.
Product Detail Trade paperback (US)
ISBN-10 0300257376
ISBN-13 9780300257373
Product Content Text (eye-readable)
Main content page count 128
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
Weight 16 oz.
 


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