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CAE 30th Anniversary Seminar - COVID-19, State Intervention, and Public Health: A Libertarian View

17 Feb 2023
Seminar and ColloquiumCentre for Applied Ethics
Poster of COVID-19, State Intervention, and Public Health:  A Libertarian View
Date
17 Feb 2023
Time
14:30-16:00
Location
online via zoom, link to be informed by email
Speaker
Prof. Ellen Y. Zhang, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanitites, The University of Macau; Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics, Hong Kong Baptist University
Language
English

Abstract:

For many people in the West, especially those with a libertarian bent, state interference or state paternalism has a pejorative meaning given that government often implies bureaucracy, corruption, and inefficiency. However, such a view has faced significant resistance since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the sake of public health, many people now believe that we must accept much greater governmental intervention in our lives. This talk explores normative consideration of state intervention in the face of the current crisis of public health and argues that a “soft” notion of paternalistic policies can be morally permissible or even necessary within the framework of contemporary libertarianism. 

 

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