Political Theory

Liberty and Responsibility in Plague Times


This conference examined the social and political impact of pandemics on liberty and individual responsibility. Readings included historical materials, the fictional treatment of one city's encounter with plague, and a white paper that sought to outline a plan to combat pandemics while respecting individual rights and freedoms.


Conference Readings

“The Public Health Response.” stanford.edu. http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/fluresponse.html (August 26, 2020).

Allen, Danielle, and Lucas Stanczyk, I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, Rajiv Sethi, Glen Weyl, and Rosa Brooks. “Securing Justice, Health, and Democracy against the COVID-19 Threat.” Ethics.Harvard.edu. https://ethics.harvard.edu/justice-health-white-paper (August 26, 2020).

Camus, Albert. The Plague. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. New York: Vintage International-Vintage Books, 1991.

McNeil, William H. Plagues and Peoples. New York: Anchor, 1998.