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Masks, Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality: On Facial Politics in the Covid-19 Era

Masks, Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality: On Facial Politics in the Covid-19 Era

David Inglis, Christopher Thorpe, and Anna-Mari Almila, “Masks, Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality: On Facial Politics in the Covid-19 Era,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 78, no. 4 (2022): 1511–32,

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  • Masks, Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality: on Facial Politics in the Covid-19 Era

    Type Journal Article
    Author David Inglis
    Author Christopher Thorpe
    Author Anna-Mari Almila
    Abstract Philosophical issues of hospitality are bound up with broader issues of cosmopolitanism in thought and in practice. This paper considers the interplay of human faces, masks, forms of hospitality, and cosmopolitanizing and anti-cosmopolitanizing socio-political dynamics in the time of Covid-19. Despite confident assertions by some interested parties that it is now finished and past history, Covid-19 remains a major challenge across the globe, and so reflections on the interplay of masking, cosmopolitanism, and hospitality remain pertinent today and are not merely a quaint feature of life during the early years of the pandemic. Voluntary acts of self-masking are argued to be more than just mundane forms of micro-level action and interaction among persons. Instead, freighted sometimes with political meaning, and certainly loaded with ethical force, the donning of a face mask can operate as a small but compelling quotidian act of cosmopolitan concern and hospitableness towards other people, including those perceived to be very unlike oneself.
    Date 2022
    Language English
    Rights © 2022 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 78
    Pages 1511-1532
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2022_78_4_1511
    Issue 4
    ISSN 0870-5283 ; 2183-461X
    Date Added 1/31/2023, 5:41:21 PM
    Modified 1/31/2023, 7:44:02 PM


    • cosmopolitanism, Covid-19, faces, hospitality, masking, politics, masks.


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