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Boston Review Magazine Thinking in a Pandemic Special Issue

View Reviews   |   Write Review Only $14.99 Founded in 1975, Boston Review is a non-profit, reader-supported political and literary magazine—a public space for discussion of ideas and culture. We put a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web (without paywalls or commercial ads) and in print (four times a year)—covering lots of ground from politics and philosophy to poetry, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. One premise ties it all together: that a flourishing democracy depends on public discussion and the open exchange of ideas.

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Boston Review  |  Thinking in a Pandemic  


Nearly a year after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in late 2019, the brutal toll of the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise. The result has been not just a crisis of public health but also a crisis of public reason. How should one think in a pandemic?

The question has stoked heated controversy among both experts and citizens as governments decide how to respond to the most disruptive outbreak in generations. What do we know, and how should we act? From masks to models and from data to drugs, the novel coronavirus has prompted a high-stakes dispute about ideas: which evidence counts, which arguments succeed, and which interventions matter.

The essays in this volume—from leading physicians and epidemiologists, historians and social scientists, anthropologists and philosophers—explore this meeting place of science and society head on. Combining historical reflection with careful argumentation, the contributors provide a lucid and essential guide to the greatest public debate of our time. Together they make clear that the challenge of COVID-19 has always been both scientific and social.

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Marc Lipsitch, Natalie Dean, Trisha Greenhalgh, John P. A. Ioannidis, Alex de Waal, Jeremy A. Greene, Dora Vargha, Jonathan Fuller, Jonathan White, Sarah Burgard, Lucie Kalousova, Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall, Amy Moran-Thomas.
Founded in 1975, Boston Review is a non-profit, reader-supported political and literary magazine—a public space for discussion of ideas and culture. We put a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web (without paywalls or commercial ads) and in print (four times a year)—covering lots of ground from politics and philosophy to poetry, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. One premise ties it all together: that a flourishing democracy depends on public discussion and the open exchange of ideas.
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EDITOR’S NOTE NOVEMBER 2, 2020 NEARLY A YEAR after the first COVID-19 cases were detected in late 2019, the toll of the coronavirus pandemic is grim. Globally, the disease has directly claimed over a million lives...
NEW PATHOGEN, OLD POLITICS APRIL 3, 2020 THERE IS A SAYING among epidemiologists: “If you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen one pandemic.” Echoing this trade wisdom in an interview two weeks ago, Bruce Aylward, the assistant d...
TECHNOCRACY AFTER COVID-19 APRIL 27, 2020 “COVID-19 REPRESENTS A NEW FORM of economic shock that cannot be tackled using the textbooks of the past.” So recently observed Christine Lagarde, head of the European Central Bank (EC...
HOW EPIDEMICS END JUNE 30, 2020 RECENT HISTORY TELLS US A LOT about how epidemics unfold, how outbreaks spread, and how they are controlled. We also know a good deal about beginnings-those first cases of pneumonia in ...
MODELS VERSUS EVIDENCE MAY 5, 2020 THE LASTING ICON OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC will likely be the graphic associated with “flattening the curve.” The image is now familiar: a skewed bell curve measuring coronavirus cases tha...
GOOD SCIENCE IS GOOD SCIENCE MAY 12, 2020 BRAZILIAN-BRITISH BIOLOGIST PETER MEDAWAR won the Nobel Prize in 1960 for his study of acquired immune tolerance. Beyond his scientific work, he was also a gifted writer and expositor of...

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