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Stephanie Collins

Stephanie Collins

Stephanie Collins is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. Her books are The Core of Care Ethics (2015), Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals (2019), and Organizations as Wrongdoers: from Ontology to Morality (2023).

Stephanie Collins reviews ‘The Penitent State: Exposure, mourning, and the biopolitics of national healing’ by Paul Muldoon

March 2024, no. 462 22 February 2024
The recent past is replete with instances of sovereign states doing penance for wrongdoing. The Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations are just three examples that receive extended analysis in Paul Muldoon’s The Penitent State. On Muldoon’s telling, the concept of ‘biopo ... (read more)