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By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, April 14, 2020

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …


Michael PakalukThe world was the world before the coronavirus, and we have no reason to believe it is not the world still.  If we consider what the world cared about, say, last December, would we have reasons to wonder if the world’s decision (yes, we can say that) to lock everyone in their homes, shut down business activity, and close churches – with no clear cut-off – is prudentially sound?  By prudentially sound, I mean: practical judgments that are based on a true appraisal of basic goods and the human condition.

Reasonable alternatives to a complete lockdown have been proposed for weeks.  All combine different approaches for those differently at risk. They all give ample scope for high-risk persons to isolate themselves without penalty or difficulty.   …

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