Pandemic Politics without Alternatives?

Röttgers, Kurt GND

Starting from the current situation of a global pandemic policy, the paper investigates the questions of, firstly, what postmodernism had offered in terms of freedoms before this policy took over, and secondly, what might be expected as a change in policy after the pandemic. Postmodernism is regarded as characterized by the following items: The renunciation of the idea of an autonomous subject, of a general order of values, of substances as the man or the people, of the thinking in hierarchies and of one-dimensional method from one beginning to one end. What does the one-dimensional pandemic politics offer instead of the freedom of postmodernism? It is the execution of hygiene, of distancing, of masking, of securities, of healthy aging, of home office and of cultural poverty. The paper then discusses the foundations on which a post-pandemic social philosophy could be built to enable a truly democratic society without the one-dimensional, authoritarian politics of executing a presumed factual constraint. It would stress the social relations, the Between of men and women, the independent creation of sense without a prescribed origin and prescribed aim of societies. That means an emphasis on the pluralities of culture instead of an imposition of a supposed factual constreint

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