The Relevance of Emmanuel Levinas' Thought in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Benyamin Molan Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
Keywords: Covid-19, responsibility, other face, third party, totality, infinity, ethics


Covid-19 as a pandemic has deeply troubled in human life. All countries around the world have been trying hard to stem the spread of this virus. Gradually, people began to realize that all efforts to prevent the spread of this virus could not be handled individually. Measures and policies such as staying at home, wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining distance (physical distancing), avoiding crowds (social distancing), are not just for the sake of saving oneself but especially for the safety of others. It is plausible that in the discourse on responsibility towards others, Levinas' thought is presented. "The encounter with other faces and third persons" has become a central theme of his philosophy and ethics. For Levinas the basic fact in his philosophy is not awareness of myself but awareness of others and mankind. Covid-19 deserves to be a momentum to reflect on the philosophy of Levinas, by reaffirming responsibility towards others.

Author Biography

Benyamin Molan, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia

Lecturer at MPK Unit, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia


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How to Cite
Molan, B. (2021, April 26). The Relevance of Emmanuel Levinas’ Thought in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Respons: Jurnal Etika Sosial, 25(02), 49-74.
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