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The ethics of the pandemic: life or quality of life?

Human flourishing is worth fighting for

By Angie Hobbs  

Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

The pandemic has presented us with some tough ethical choices. Health or freedom? Lives or livelihoods? The greatest good of the greatest number or individual rights? Present or future generations? On reflection, some of these apparently stark choices look more blurred: those waving the banner of freedom, for instance, need to accept that if they ignore masks and social distancing they are limiting the freedom of the vulnerable to go…

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