Philosophy and the COVID pandemic: Reasoning in unreasonable times (Panel)

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, fundamental philosophical questions have come into sharp focus. In this panel discussion, faculty members from the discipline of philosophy at NUI Galway will discuss a range of issues related to these times of change and uncertainty, including the role and rhetoric of expertise; “states of exception” and governance; the trust invested in decision-makers; the nature of goodwill in a moment of crisis; how we engage in reasoning about uncertainty and catastrophic outcomes; and the nature of nostalgia and how we (mis)remember the past.


  • Lucy Elvis
  • Heike Felzmann
  • Felix Ó Murchadha
  • Nick Tosh

All of NUI Galway.

Chair: Daniel Carey, Moore Institute, NUI Galway

This session was broadcast live on June 18th, 2020 via Zoom and on the Moore Institute’s Facebook page at

About the series

This webinar is part of a series developed through the Moore Institute’s COVID-19 Response Group. Video and audio recordings of the previous sessions are available on the group’s webpage at:…


Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and President of the Irish Philosophical Society. 

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