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L'éthique urbaine des Plouffe

  • Author / Creator
    Portigal, Trent
  • This thesis concerns the possible contribution to ethics of the first two books of Roger Lemelin, Au pied de la pente douce and Les Plouffe. The contribution is framed by the Socratic question “how should we live?” and the Rawlsian process of reflective equilibrium between the institutions and the members of a society. Within this context, the most evident role for literature in general is to expand the field of reflection through the imagination of the reader. The principal contribution of the two books is to bring out the nuances of the interaction between the institutions and the members of the society. Notably, the most important institutions have a local, physical presence. As for the people, in order to arrive at a notion of a good life and to express it, capacities of rationality and reasonableness need to be developed through both formal and informal education.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GG69
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    French
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Daniel Laforest (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Donald Ipperciel (Faculté St. Jean)
    • Marie Carrière (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)