Philosophy Talk: Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas | KALW

Philosophy Talk: Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas

Jun 2, 2020

What ethical dilemmas are people facing in their daily lives related to the pandemic or social distancing?


In just months the world changed radically, and we have all had to adjust our lifestyles to stop the spread of Covid-19. Those working on the frontlines are taking on great personal risk while the rest of us are required to socially distance. But even if you follow all the guidelines, you may still face moral dilemmas. Is it ethical to order non-essential goods online, putting low wage workers at risk for your own comfort? What should you do if your roommates refuse to follow the rules, putting your health in danger? And if social distancing means thousands will die alone of non-Covid related diseases, has it gone too far? Jon and Ray put your Covid-related conundrums to Karen Stohr from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, author of Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement. Sunday 5/31 at 11 am and Tuesday 6/02 at 9 pm.