Understanding Risks and Moral Emotions in the Context of COVID-19 Policy Making: The Case of the Netherlands

Sabine Roeser*

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In most countries, including the Netherlands, decision-making about the COVID-19 policy measures was initially based on medical information, and only later did it also include insights from social sciences. However, ethical implications of COVID-19 policy measures have not frequently been explicitly considered. As a result, critical ethical issues have been overlooked, and values, concerns, and emotions have not been considered appropriately. In this chapter, I will argue that emotions can help to make important moral dilemmas around decision-making about COVID-19 explicit and to make ethically justified decisions. I will do so by zooming in specifically on how the Netherlands has handled the pandemic so far. My discussion aims to contribute to morally better and more socially acceptable decision-making about the challenges that COVID-19 poses, as well as to hopefully learn lessons for possible future pandemics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValues for a Post-Pandemic Future
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-08424-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-08423-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
ISSN (Print)1879-7202
ISSN (Electronic)1879-7210


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