An Examination of Philosophical Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic

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2022

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Moorhead, Teresa

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, polices were quickly evolving and adapting to meet a variety of needs. One concern when developing these policies was ensuring that these policies were moral and just. This thesis examines what different moral philosophies, namely Libertarianism, Utilitarianism, and Liberalism, believe is just and how these theories were and could be applied when creating COVID-19 policies. Policies concerning non-healthcare essential workers, single mothers, and school aged children are specifically addressed and examined since many individuals in these groups were disproportionally affected by the constant change in policies. Examination of these theories reveals that Liberalism is the most applicable in modern day because of its emphasis on creating policy with the greater good in mind.

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Philosophy, COVID-19, Underrepresented groups

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