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The success or failure of coronavirus regulations is often assessed on whether they affect the rate of transmission in the community, and whether or not people comply with them. But what about the ethics behind the measures?

With inevitable and complex value judgments at play, responses to COVID-19 have shown how the regulations’ success also requires us to pay attention to their moral authority.

Links between , social ethics, and political philosophy have long been recognized; on more and less favorable terms. One of the most prominent voices in favor of strong public