A PHILOSOPHICAL STANCE
A question is often asked by a layperson as well as a student or researcher- “What is the philosophical perspective?” In the midst of Corona pandemic, it is necessary to be balanced, poised, calm or equilibrated. Such stoic spirit is often described as Philosophical. Such a soul views reality impartially and with an equal eye.
My point is that another philosophical stance is equally possible where one indulges in debates, discussions and dialogues on Corona. Which course of action is more effective can be the bone of contention. Since Philosophy is nothing but, literally, “Love (PHILOS)of Wisdom(LOGOS)”, contemplation, pondering and musing are legitimate philosophical activities besides defense and argumentation.
Philosophy may mean conceptual analysis. Covid 19 involves a network of concepts regarding pathological tests, research, vaccination, treatment, strategies and disaster management. To illuminate the same highlighting interconnections can also be a significant philosophical activity.
Most importantly, Philosophy is often seen as “Weltanschauung” or Integrated Vision. In the light of Weltanschauung, life is led peacefully. Here, Religion comes into the picture and Philosophy gets fused with Religion and Spirituality. All religions impart a definite way of life. Certain practices, rituals, beliefs, modes of prayer and worship. are cardinal for religious life. Faith often leads to Miracles, parables, myths and Mythology, specifically, Theology. Here, the role of Philosophy is crucial. ‘What is Living and What is dead’ needs to be ascertained critically, carefully and skillfully. So, Philosophy examines various phenomena impartially, comprehensively and critically.
However, at times, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to do the same. Emotions preponder Reason and Impulse rules rather than Intellect. Relationships are frictional or not harmonious and the Rythm, Harmony are alien. Such a mindset is also regarded as Philosophical. Existential Angst as well as the concern for the Other are Philosophical. Feminist or Marxist leanings are Philosophical ….so also Ethics of Care. The need of the hour in the Corona Pandemic is the Ethics of Care.