Logic of Catastrophe – Deeper Logic of Reality

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: University of Belgrade
Address: Cika-Ljubina 18-20. 11000 Belgrade. Serbia
Journal nameChelovek
EditionVolume 33 Issue 3

The huge change brought about by the coronavirus pandemic contains some structural characteristics that define it as a catastrophe. The text explores and offers an outline of a possible analysis of some of the logical and normative features of this phenomenon. Catastrophes are not crises, they are unpredictable, not self-inflicted, accompanied by scarce knowledge or ignorance, and imply some restraints coming from necessities that are their consequences. One of the most important of those consequences are restraints in what in normal circumstances were valid rights, especially those rights that are privileges, i.e. rights that depend on the clause that they won’t be “consumed” by all – implying that in such rights “all” does not imply “everyone”. At the end, the issue of reciprocity and responsibility towards others is briefly mentioned, and especially the phenomenon of widespread indifference towards others.

KeywordsPandemics, catastrophe, deep logic or reality, rights, privileges, indifference towards others
Publication date24.06.2022
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