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The virus in the age of madness / Bernard-Henri Lévy; English translation by Steven B. Kennedy.

By: Contributor(s): Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Original language: French Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]Copyright date: ©2020Description: xvii, 106 pages ; 21 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9780300257373
Uniform titles:
  • Ce virus qui rend fou. English
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 303.4 LEV 23
List(s) this item appears in: COVID-19 - New Books
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Standard Loan Moylish Library Main Collection 303.4 LEV (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 39002100649384

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A trenchant look at how the coronavirus reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society

As seen on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS: "A stirring alarm addressed to an unsettled world." (Kirkus Reviews )

Forget the world that came before. The author of American Vertigo serves up an incisive look at how COVID-19 reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society.

With medical mysteries, rising death tolls, and conspiracy theories beamed minute by minute through the vast web universe, the coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably altered societies around the world. In this sharp essay, world-renowned philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy interrogates the many meanings and metaphors we have assigned to the pandemic--and what they tell us about ourselves.

Drawing on the philosophical tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Lacan and Foucault, Lévy asks uncomfortable questions about reality and mythology: he rejects the idea that the virus is a warning from nature, the inevitable result of global capitalism; he questions the heroic status of doctors, asking us to think critically about the loci of authority and power; he challenges the panicked polarization that dominates online discourse. Lucid, incisive, and always original, Lévy takes a bird's-eye view of the most consequential historical event of our time and proposes a way to defend human society from threats to our collective future.

A portion of the author's proceeds will be donated to Binc (The Book Industry Charitable Foundation).

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. vii)
  • Chapter 1 Come Back, Michel Foucault - We Need You! (p. 1)
  • Chapter 2 Divine Surprise (p. 17)
  • Chapter 3 Delicious Confinement (p. 39)
  • Chapter 4 Life, They Say (p. 55)
  • Chapter 5 Goodbye, World? (p. 75)
  • Notes (p. 95)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Bernard-Henri Lvy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker, and the author of over thirty books. He is widely regarded as one of the West's most important public intellectuals.

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