Role of philosophy in the time of crisis

Aditi Prashar[1]


Philosophy offers us to have a rational outlook in any situation. The wisdom imparted by world-renowned philosophers is helpful in dealing with situations in each and every sphere of life. Philosophy becomes a necessity for our wellbeing during crises. Today, while dealing with coronavirus, philosophy is serving as a support for our emotional and mental health. Thus understood, this paper intends to analyze the role of philosophy during a crisis. Drawing references from stoics, Camus, Bhagwad Gita, and Buddhism, I argue that philosophy acts as our guide during a crisis. Philosophy is not only a body of knowledge, in fact, but it is also a mindset, love of wisdom, way of linking emotions with reason, and the goal of living and dying well.

Keywords: Coronavirus, Crisis, Wisdom

[1] Deen Dayal Upadhyay University, Gorakhpur

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