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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

Fabien Gelinas

McGill University

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gelinas, Fabien, 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2212712

Fabien Gelinas (Contact Author)

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Montreal, Quebec H3A1W9
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