Pandemic, Death of Death and the Philosophy of Enlightenment, 220-234

Mario Ionuț Maroșan

Abstract


In the midst of the current pandemic, it is clear that there is one aspect which is paradoxically neglected in all discourse when it nevertheless constitutes the heart of the crisis: a reflection on the experience of death which occupies in history of mankind a central position since the dawn of time. It all happened as if the event of death had been completely integrated - absorbed in a way - in the great technological mechanism specific to industrial production and its alienating rhythm. Consequently, just like the many other economic activities of modern man, death fits into this framework as one production activity among others - with its market shares to be conquered, espousing the model of supply and demand, and above all as a sphere subject to the laws of the market and commercial competition. However, the horizon of death represents a very unique experience in human life. Not only is it situated on another level, it introduces, up to a certain point, perhaps in the same way as language, un devenir humain de l’homme.

Keywords


practical philosophy, atomized society, demystification, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Isaïah Berlin, Immanuel Kant, death of death, transhumanism, violent utopias, Enlightenment philosophy, COVID-19

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ISSN 2668-0009; ISSN-L 2668-0009