Fraternity and Public Reason
June 1, 2012
Responsibility, Fraternity and Sustainability in Law (Responabilité, fraternité et développement durable en droit) Markham, Ontario: Lexis Nexis Canada, 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: fraternity, public reason, law and morality, liberalism, Dworkin, Fuller
Date posted: February 7, 2013 ; Last revised: February 12, 2013