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Title: The pandemic and the contradictions of contemporaneity
Authors: Santos, Boaventura de Sousa 
Keywords: Pandemic; Globalisation; Contemporaneity; Inequality
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2022
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Serial title, monograph or event: Global Social Challenges Journal
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Place of publication or event: Bristol
Abstract: In this paper I argue that the new coronavirus pandemic has brought to light some of the contradictions and paradoxes of our time, namely the contrast between human fragility and the technological hubris linked to the fourth industrial revolution (artificial intelligence); and the contrast between the TINA ideology (there is no alternative) and the sudden and extreme changes in our everyday life caused by the virus, thus suggesting that there are indeed alternatives. I then analyse the main metaphors that have been used in public discourse concerning our relations with the virus: the virus as an enemy; the virus as a messenger; the virus as pedagogue. I prefer the last one and explain why, and in what sense the virus is our contemporary.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/100453
ISSN: 2752-3349
DOI: 10.1332/NMEO9015
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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