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Pandemic and Human Relations

Title: PANDEMIC AND HUMAN RELATIONS: Moral Considerations in the Time of COVID-19.

Financial support: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Summary: From a moral standpoint, what are the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on human relations? Living in a time of pandemic feels like carrying the Sword of Damocles over our heads every day. This situation has brought about significant changes in our family, work, and social relationships. Therefore, answering the above question requires a critical examination of the moral factors at play.

Although a wide range of philosophical discussions has explored ethical issues related to the pandemic, particularly those in the realm of bioethics, human relations themselves do not seem to have occupied a prominent place as a subject of study for those interested in ethics. The purpose of this project is to discuss how relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic shape our moral behavior. To accomplish this, I will analyze what I refer to as “pandemic relationships” in order to gain a deep understanding of the moral implications of this new social dynamic, whether temporary or not.

To achieve this goal, the research will follow a defined script, focusing on three main aspects: (i) circumstances of justice and conditions of agency, (ii) character traits and moral responsibility, and (iii) moral emotions and interests.