COVID-19 Forced Social Distancing and Isolation: A Multi-Perspective Experience

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Bruce Janz
Eka Kaznina
Kim Jihyun
Claudia Ammann
David Kohlberg
Cătălin Mamali


The article is combined of six chapters authored by these who voiced their experiences with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemics in various contexts, but mostly centered on psychological, sociological, and ethical aspects. Authors, mostly psychologists and philosophers, were invited to describe their perspectives on the sense and practice of social distancing in times of pandemics. Their reflections seek to demonstrate various perspectives related to subjects’ novel self-experience, social situatedness, and their dealing with conventions and habits altered through the pandemics. As “the owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering” (Hegel), there is no conclusion in this article. It rather encourages other authors to reflect on the nearly global, still lasting phenomenon.


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Janz, B., Kaznina, E., Jihyun, K., Ammann, C., Kohlberg, D., & Mamali, C. (2020). COVID-19 Forced Social Distancing and Isolation: A Multi-Perspective Experience. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 11(1), 20-60.
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Bruce Janz, University of Central Florida

Bruce B. Janz - professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He is also co-director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research, and core faculty in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program, also at UCF. His areas of work include contemporary European philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics, Deleuze), contemporary African philosophy, digital humanities, research on concepts of place and space, and the phenomenological cognitive sciences. His most recent book is Place, Space, and Hermeneutics (Springer 2017), and he is finishing a book called Enactivist African Philosophy. He has taught in Canada, the US, Kenya, and South Africa.

Kim Jihyun, Jeju National University

Jihyun Kim - studies primary education at Jeju National University (South Korea). Her current interests are cultural and environmental issues.

Claudia Ammann, independent researcher

Claudia G. Ammann - a psychologist by training with an expertise in trauma. Shecounsels in private practice, and gained her Diploma in Psychology at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany in 2004. She moved to New Zealand in 2007, andis currently working on a psychological study on care obligations and careexpectations.

David Kohlberg, Kohlberg Educational and Publishing Foundation

David Kohlberg - in the "Western World", David Kohlberg is an independent researcher in nature of consciousness as it applies to Holistic Healing and seeks to apply his philosophy of ethical development in the context of his commercial real estate activities. In India, he is the founder of an NGO, that seeks to develop a spiritually based "holistic political science". In Uganda he is a principal in a forestry business that seeks to develop understandings and practices that are socially and environmentally sound. 

Cătălin Mamali, independent researcher

Cătălin Mamali - PhD University of Bucharest 1976, Fulbright scholar (1990-1991) University of Iowa. Areas of research: motivation (work motivation, crucial experiences and motivation), motivation and values (motivational balance and co-development), interpersonal cognitive behavior (interknowledge), dynamics of questioning and answering potential across life-span and cultures, iconic social metaphors (social autograph), civil disobedience and political genealogies, the use of  epistolary interaction for reconstructing personal relationships across life-span, participatory methodologies (self-inquiry, symmetrical situations). Published research in scientific journals on motivation, crucial experiences, types of scientists and he is also an author of a few books.  C. Mamali has  participated to a series of cross cultural researches such as those lead by:  Otto Klineberg (reciprocal images between parents and children), Mircea Maliţa (No limits to learning, Report to the Club of  Rome), Carlos Malmann (human needs  and development), Solom Marcus (psycholinguisitics), Shalom Schwartz, Gian Vittorio Caprara and Michele Vecchione (values), Johan Galtung (goals, processes and indicators of development), John Harvey (traumatic experiences).. Mamali  taught to a few universities and colleges: Loras College, University of Wisconsin, University of Dubuque, Clarke University, Mount Mercy College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Kirkwood Community College and others in the USA.. In Romania he worked as senior scientific researcher to the Institute of Psychology of the Romanian Academy (January 1990-September 1990) and scientific researcher at the Research Center for Youth Problems (1968-1985) in Bucharest. Catalin Mamali has not been allowed to practice his profession  in Romania, and to travel between 1985-1989 due to his civil disobedience. He moved to the USA in October 1990. C. Mamali has been granted, together with his wife –Ioana Mamali (architect and painter), political asylum in 1997. He is member of APS, EASP and other scientific organizations.

C. Mamali has since a few years two projects (books) ready for publication: a) “Oracle-Sphinx Complex: Oedipus’s Quest for Truth and Love”; b) Manifestoes and Political Genealogies: Historical Experiments Rooted in the Manifesto of the Communist Party and in Civil Disobedience.


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