In this forum, members and associates of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective examine significant issues and contestations arising in and beyond the era of COVID-19. A focal point arises as we consider whether or not to think of this time as a global “social experiment.” If we view the era of COVID-19 as an experiment, what might we question or determine about our understanding of what it means to be human? How might we then pursue the human endeavor that consists, in part, of myriad activities surrounding our desire to know and reimagine ourselves and the world in which we live? As I write this preface on 8 April 2020, President Trump tweeted: “… the horror of the Invisible Enemy […] must be quickly forgotten.” And so, the dialectical challenge we confront in this forum.
- “A Quiet Life: An Essay Inspired by Steve Fuller’s ‘When A Virus Goes Viral—Life With COVID-19’,” Des Hewitt.
- “Corona-Party at the Ruins of an Earthquake,” Petar Jandrić.
- “Learning from the Pandemic: Catastrophic Epistemology,” Francis A. Beer and Robert Hariman.
- “Are the Experts Responsible for Bad Disaster Response? A Few Lessons for the Coronavirus Outbreak From L’Aquila,” Federico Brandmayr.
- “Thomas Hobbes in the Time of Coronavirus,” M. John Lamola.
- “Fourth Order Thinking About the Pandemic: A Transhumanist Challenge,” Steve Fuller.
- “Quo Vadis European Union?” Regina Queiroz.
- “Design, Evolution and Extension: Facing the Challenge of COVID-19 Together,” Gregory Sandstrom.
- “The Academy Under Siege,” Denise L. Davis and Raphael Sassower.