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Nationalism in Times of Crisis: Philosophy Professor, Grads, Contemplate Vaccine Distribution

In a recent article, “Crisis Nationalism: To What Degree Is National Partiality Justifiable During a Global Pandemic?” published in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Kok-Chor Tan, Professor of Philosophy; Eilidh Beaton, GR'20; and doctoral candidates Mike Gadomski and Dylan Manson, explore the moral implications of nationalism and vaccine distribution during a pandemic. From a feature in Omnia:

“Under normal conditions, the ideals of global justice and equality might seem like abstract concepts,” Tan said in an April 2020 interview. But a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s harder to ignore the effects of global injustices.

“There’s an opportunity here to look at the assumptions we have about the way the world is structured—and the moral assumptions that justify those structures,” says Gadomski.

“We don’t want to be naive and say countries are going to be acting under the best moral interests,” adds Manson, “but we can still make the case for what should be done.”

The full article can be read here.