Viral modernity is a concept based upon the nature of viruses, the ancient and critical role they play in evolution and culture, and their basic application to understanding the role of information and forms of bioinformation in the social world. The concept draws a close association between viral biology on the one hand and information science on the other to understand ‘viral’ technologies, conspiracy theories and the nature of post-truth. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major occurrence and momentous tragedy in world history, with millions of infections and many deaths worldwide. It has disrupted society and caused massive unemployment and hardship in the global economy. Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley explore human resilience and the collective response to catastrophe, and the philosophy and literature of pandemics, including ‘love and social distancing in the time of COVID-19’. These essays, a collection from Educational Philosophy and Theory, also explore the politicization of COVID-19, the growth of conspiracy theories, its origins and the ways it became a ‘viral’ narrative in the future of world politics.

chapter 1|8 pages


Education, philosophy and viral politics
ByMichael A. Peters, Tina Besley

chapter 2|32 pages

Viral modernity? Epidemics, infodemics, and the ‘bioinformational’ paradigm

ByMichael A. Peters, Petar Jandrić, Peter McLaren

chapter 3|12 pages

A viral theory of post-truth

ByMichael A. Peters, Peter McLaren, Petar Jandrić

chapter 4|6 pages

On the epistemology of conspiracy

ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 5|7 pages

Love and social distancing in the time of COVID-19

The philosophy and literature of pandemics
ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 6|6 pages

The Plague

Human resilience and the collective response to catastrophe
ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 7|7 pages

Philosophy and pandemic in the postdigital era

Foucault, Agamben, Žižek
ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 8|6 pages

The disorder of things

Quarantine unemployment, the decline of neoliberalism, and the COVID-19 lockdown crash
ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 10|6 pages

The Chinese dream encounters COVID-19

ByMichael A. Peters

chapter 11|15 pages

Biopolitics, conspiracy and the immuno-state

An evolving global politico-genetic complex
ByMichael A. Peters, Tina Besley