Speaker(s): Professor Gerard Delanty, Dr Sonja Avlijaš | The COVID-19 crisis has brought a number of interesting questions in political philosophy to the fore. What are the limits and ethical role of the state? What is the importance of personal liberty and collective interest? Is state surveillance justified? For this year’s Annual LEQS Lecture, Gerard Delanty discusses six philosophical responses to the crisis that can give us perspective on these questions. Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought at the University of Sussex, Brighton. Sonja Avlijaš (@sonjaavlijas) is Research Associate at Sciences Po, Paris and Institute for Economic Sciences, Belgrade and an alumna of LSE. Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen is Fellow in European Philosophy in the European Institute at LSE. The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector. The LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series (@leqsLSE) was established in May 2009 to publish high quality research on Europe and the European Union from scholars across LSE and beyond. The event will be based on the LEQS Discussion Paper by Professor Gerard Delanty. 'Six political philosophies in search of a virus: Critical perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic', which is free to download from the LEQS Website.