Fraternity and Public Reason
Responsibility, Fraternity and Sustainability in Law (Responabilité, fraternité et développement durable en droit) Markham, Ontario: Lexis Nexis Canada, 2012
(2012) 56 Supreme Court Law Review 835
14 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 13 Mar 2017
Date Written: June 1, 2012
More than anything else, it is fraternity that inspired the life and work of Charles Doherty Gonthier, who was a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The man was widely known as profoundly religious, while the judge proved to be a liberal with a clear sense of the limits of the state's role in the realm of morality. This brief paper, derived from a commemorative address, briefly explores the various ways of reconciling these two positions, looking at the concept of fraternity through liberal reciprocity, consensus, and public reason.
Keywords: fraternity, public reason, law and morality, liberalism, Dworkin, Fuller
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