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Acta Theologica

versão On-line ISSN 2309-9089
versão impressa ISSN 1015-8758


VERHOEF, A.H.; DU TOIT, J.  e  DU PREEZ, P.. Being-in-the-Covid-19-world: existence, technology and embodiment. Acta theol. [online]. 2020, vol.40, n.2, pp.150-164. ISSN 2309-9089.

The multifaceted nature of COVID-19 permeates all dimensions of human life. In this article, we argue that the COVID-19 crisis might teach us something about dealing with ruptures of this kind and scope in the future. The pandemic challenges our Being-in-the-world and it has the potential to help us realise the authentic possibilities of our own being - a freedom we have in our being-towards-death. We contemplate the extent to which this pandemic has caused existential angst and resultant reflection. To this end, we analyse, with reference to the work of Martin Heidegger, the existential and technological challenges that accompany the pandemic. We postulate that the pandemic has forced us to think about our existence more authentically, away from the "fallenness" of the ontological structure of Dasein in its everydayness. It proffers the opportunity to reconsider what authentic existence, technology, and embodiment entail amidst COVID-19 and for the future.

Palavras-chave : COVID-19; Embodiment; Heidegger; Technology.

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