Department of SociologyIn Russian
Professor of the Department of Sociology, EUSP, Dr. Anna Temkina has co-authored an article written by the WHO Regional Office for Europe expert group “Cultural contexts of health and well-being” (CCH). The article has been published by Nature Human Behaviour after the virtual expert group meeting on June 12, 2020.
Some modern scientists tend to interpret the coronavirus pandemic as nature's revenge: with the help of viruses, nature “gives us back” for animal cruelty and environmental crisis. However, if you follow the theory proposed by the French philosopher Georges Bataille back in the 1940s, nature should not be confused with man, it does nothing on purpose. Violence committed by nature (such as an earthquake) is sovereign because it does not pursue any goal. Nature acts beyond humans, which also means beyond good and evil.
What do we know about the virus — is it a living or non-living organism? What methods do we use in order not to get infected (besides forced self-isolation)? Why we do not blame ourselves for the spread of the virus, but animals — bats, rats, marmots, snakes, pangolins? And what is important to understand in order not to be in a state of “bare life”?