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Political Reconciliation and Political Health

Colleen Murphy: Symposium on A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation

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  1. The third framework draws on the capabilities approach to development and wellbeing, pioneered by Nussbaum and Sen (1993).

  2. This concern is discussed in more detail in my review of A Moral Theory of Reconciliation for Transnational Legal Theory (MacLachlan 2012).

  3. This concern is discussed in more detail in MacLachlan (2012).

  4. For more information about this political scandal, see “Conservative party’s robocall scandal has Canadians less than impressed” (Horgan 2012) and “Robocalls abuse requires new laws, Election Chief says” (Huffington Post 2012).

  5. That is not to argue that Canadian political society does not require political reconciliation. Indeed, as is the case in most settler colonial societies, the political relationships between indigenous Canadians and both the Canadian government and the larger settler Canadian population are rightly described as broken, along each of the lines outlined by Murphy. But Canada's colonial legacy is also trivialized if identified too closely with the kind of localized wrongdoing characterized by ephemeral political scandals.


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MacLachlan, A. Political Reconciliation and Political Health. Criminal Law, Philosophy 10, 143–152 (2016).

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