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Cooper on Ethics in the Time of COVID-19: USA Today

Professor and ethicist Tom Cooper has an opinion piece on USA Today’s website in which he argues that the COVID-19 pandemic simplifies ethics into one all-encompassing code: protect your neighbor.

“If leaders are dreaming only of re-election, and if hedonists are dreaming only of the next unmasked pool party, it’s time to wake them up and say, ”If you are secular, follow the scientific guidelines, and if you are religious, add to those guidelines your own faith’s guidelines such as ‘love your neighbor’ and ‘do no harm.’”  

Ethics can be highly complicated since there are many great intellectual traditions and multiple cultural approaches. However, pandemic ethics cuts through this Gordian knot of endless principles and theories.”

Read the column.

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