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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 no.2 Pretoria  2009

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v30i2.338 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

On loneliness and the value of slow reflection

 

 

Karin van Marle

Department of Legal History, Comparative Law and Legal Philosophy, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

In this article, the author considers the relationship of law, morality and reconciliation. Intrigued by the political and ethical stances taken by Arendt and McCarthy, the author supports notions of detachment, slowness and social reconciliation concerning contemporary political and ethical questions.

Keywords: reconciliation; slowness; common sense; Arendt; transformation


 

 

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Correspondence:
Karin van Marle
Department of Legal History
Comparative Law and Legal Philosophy
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 0083
South Africa
E-mail: karin.vanmarle@up.ac.za

Received: 21 Aug. 2009
Accepted: 06 Oct. 2009
Published: 16 Dec. 2009

 

 

Note: This is a reworked version of a paper delivered at a conference What is law without morality? at the University of the Western Cape in August 2007 hosted by the Department of Religion and Theology and the Ecumenical Foundation of South Africa in consultation with the Faculty of Law. My gratitude to the organisers for the opportunity. My thanks also to the anonymous referees for their insightful comments. Any mistakes do, of course, remain my own.

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