The Phenomenology of the Coronavirus and the Uncanny World of the Pandemic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a physical, biological or medical event, it is also an event that has radically changed our experience of and embodied existence in the world. Phenomenologists already have contributed to the understanding of the radical change of our lived world brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that has come with a disruption and breakdown of our life as we previously knew it. However, little attention has been paid to how the experience of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) itself, that is, the meaning it has for us and its appearance to us in our daily life, have contributed to the radical change. Without denying the variability of the pandemic experience and the importance of a broader context that shapes our experience of the pandemic, I want to argue that the invisibility of the virus, and what I will call the threefold displacement of its appearance, lets it become indirectly visible everywhere and every time we carry out our daily habitual actions and interactions. The virus does not just infect our bodies, its meaning infects the meaning of our embodied existence in the world, radically changing our everyday practical life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Development of Eco-Phenomenology as An Interpretative Paradigm of The Living World
Subtitle of host publication Applications in Pandemic Times
EditorsDaniela Verducci, Maija Kūle
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-07757-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-07756-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAnalecta Husserliana
ISSN (Print)0167-7276
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8330


  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • coronavirus
  • phenomenology
  • Edmund Husserl
  • experience
  • meaning
  • embodiment
  • invisibility

Field of Science*

  • 6.3 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


Dive into the research topics of 'The Phenomenology of the Coronavirus and the Uncanny World of the Pandemic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this