Speaker: Professor Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol
Chair: Dr Roxana Baiasu, Tutorial Fellow, Stanford University Centre in Oxford; Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford
In this talk, Havi Carel argues that recent restrictions aimed at preventing the transmission of covid-19 have had a profound impact on our personal and social worlds. Using key phenomenological ideas, such as being-in-the-world, being-with, the intelligibility of our shared world, and the centrality of touch and embodiment in our experience, Carel suggests that our everyday experience has been deeply disrupted by social distancing, transforming how we inhabit our social and physical world. She closes by characterising these changes as a global uncertainty: the loss of a once pre-reflective trust or confidence that grounds one's experience of the world as a whole.