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Verbum et Ecclesia

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



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





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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Karin van Marle
Department of Legal History
Comparative Law and Legal Philosophy
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 0083
South Africa

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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