LISTEN: What The Plague Can Teach Us About the Pandemic
Decency. It sounds so simple: "Please" and "thank you," "have a nice day" and "yes, you, too." But what does it mean to be decent during a pandemic?
In Albert Camus's The Plague, about a plague outbreak in North Africa, physician Bernard Rieux says: "There's no question of heroism in all this. It's a matter of common decency. That's an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is—common decency."
Earlier this year, the book saw an influx of sales in Europe. And this winter, Courtney Campbell, a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, is teaching a class called "Pandemics, Plagues, and Philosophies: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?" Among other things, the class looks at Camus's 1947 novel to explore meaning and morals during a pandemic.
This week on Footnotes, we spoke with Campbell about The Plague, philosophy, and human nature.
- Joseph Orosco
- Courtney Campbell
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