Throughout most of the world, significant restrictions have been placed on freedoms to move about, practices that are often collectively referred to as "lockdowns." In the United States, protestors have been calling for the lockdowns to end and, indeed, all 50 states have begun to ease up on restrictions. For many, a first reaction to the protests was shock at how reckless they seemed, but there are clear and legitimate concerns about these practices.
This webinar will look at the nature and limits of different arguments that can be given to justify policies of "lockdown." In particular, the discussion will explore how the costs of lockdown can be weighed in a morally plausible way against the costs arising from the increased spread of COVID-19. Many of these issues come back to a central question: Under what circumstances can some people be expected, even compelled, to bear costs for the sake of others?
CCEIA is very pleased to have Christian Barry, professor and head of school in philosophy at the Australian National University, as our honored speaker in a virtual Zoom conference on Wednesday, June 9, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET to discuss "The Ethics of Lockdown" with Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal.
Barry is also co-editor the Journal of Political Philosophy and he currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for the project "The Ethical Responsibilities of Consumers." Barry was previously a program officer at Carnegie Council, consultant to the Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Program, and a lecturer in politics and international relations at University College Dublin.