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What Is It to Lose Trust? Covid-19 Pandemic, Extended Minds and Shared Feelings

What Is It to Lose Trust? Covid-19 Pandemic, Extended Minds and Shared Feelings

Marcelo Vieira Lopes, “What Is It to Lose Trust? Covid-19 Pandemic, Extended Minds and Shared Feelings,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 77, no. 2–3 (2021): 937–58,

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  • What is it to Lose Trust? Covid-19 Pandemic, Extended Minds and Shared Feelings

    Type Journal Article
    Author Marcelo Vieira Lopes
    Rights © 2021 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 77
    Issue 2-3
    Pages 937-958
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283
    Date 2021
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2021_77_2_0937
    Language English
    Abstract Since the emergence of the Covid-19 outbreak, the world has faced profound changes, with different levels of impact on human experience. Besides immediate health, economic, and political issues, psychological and existential impacts have also emerged. It is no exaggeration to say that even our taken-for-granted, embodied being in the world has profoundly changed, with collectively felt impacts. In this paper, I argue for a general description of the Covid-19 experience. I suggest that loss of trust emerges as a pervasive dimension of these strange times, de-structuring the whole web of human relations since then. As an essentially affective category, trust can be described at the most basic level as a pre-intentional bodily orientation towards ourselves, others, and the world in general. A critical point is that loss of trust cannot be described as an internal and individual emotion, but rather, as an essentially relational and socially extended affective phenomenon. Another critical point is that, due to social distancing measures, loss of trust has to be understood mostly as a technologically scaffolded form of emotional sharing. I end by calling attention to the potential and present mental health impacts of losing trust.
    Date Added 9/10/2021, 5:12:31 PM
    Modified 9/10/2021, 6:32:38 PM


    • Covid-19, existential feelings, extended mind, pandemic, trust.


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