Forgiveness: Promise, Possibility and Failure
Edited by Geoffrey Karabin and Karolina Wigura

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This inter-disciplinary collection explores the wealth of nuances surrounding the concept and practice of forgiving. The essays within this work ask what it means to forgive, what constitutes an appropriate space to forgive, what is to be expected of the victim and wrongdoer, what actions must be connected to political forms of forgiveness, and, among many others, what does self-forgiveness entail?

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Key Words: Forgiveness, Apology, Reconciliation, Derrida, Lacrocco, Dominello, Multani, Caseau, Forchtner, Adamos, Townley, Wigura, Ghasemi, Celermajer, Hogan, Anusiem, Ross, Tatman, Allers, Lee, Malley-Morrison, Watson, Radzik, Smit, Flood, Tomacic-Niaros, Karabin, Medlicott, Jerath, Reitsma.


Geoffrey Karabin & Karolina Wigura

Part 1: What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness: A Quiet Assault on the Malicious
Stephen Larocco

Part 2: The Aftermath of Colonialism

When Saying Sorry Just Isn’t Enough
Francesca Dominello

Forgiveness is the Only Final Solution: A Reading of the Play ‘Final Solutions’ by Mahesh Dattani
Angelie Multani

Part 3: Contemporary European Political Dimensions

Peter Handke: The Moravian Night or the Request for Forgiveness
Cornelia Caseau

Probing the Shady Side of Forgiveness: The Judge-Penitent Discourse as a Conceptualisation of the Misuse of Public Confessions of Guilt
Bernhard Forchtner

Part 4: Philosophical Issues

Is Forgiveness a Good Thing?
Maria Magoula Adamos

Forgiveness and Betrayal
Cynthia Townley

Part 5: Jankélévitch and Derrida

Does Unforgivable Exist? On Jankélévitch’s and Derrida’s Theories of Forgiveness and Unforgivable
Karolina Wigura

Aporia of Forgiveness
Mohsen Ghasemi

Part 6: Religious Dimensions

Revealing the Religious Underpinnings of Political Apologies
Danielle Celermajer

In Search of Forgiveness: Men and Abortion in Post-Catholic Ireland
Fergus Hogan

The African Model of Forgiveness: A Contribution to Social Reconstruction and World Peace
Boniface Anusiem

Part 7: Forgiveness and the Law

Reconciling Irreconcilable Differences through Forgiveness
Carla S. Ross

Coupling and Decoupling Remorse and Forgiveness in Legal Discourse
Richard Weisman

Part 8: Arendt and Levinas

Tikkun Olam through Forgiveness and Promise: Renewing the World in the Thought of  Hannah Arendt
Lucy Tatman

Undoing What Has Been Done: Hannah Arendt and Emmanuel Levinas on Forgiveness
Christopher R. Allers

Part 9: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders

How Victims and Offenders Use Forgiveness and Apology: Relation of Self and Other Responses
Yoona Lee, Kathleen Malley-Morrison and Malcolm W. Watson

Moral Bystanders and the Virtue of Forgiveness
Linda Radzik

Prisoners and Forgiveness
Marieke Smit

Part 10: Victims of Violence

The Community Response to Violence: Do Rituals of Healing Support Forgiveness?
Barbara Flood and Christina Tomacic-Niaros

Islamic Suicide Bombing and the Question of Forgiveness
Geoffrey Karabin

Forgiveness after Torture: Narratives of Grief and Grace
Diana Medlicott

Part 11: Russian Literature, Russian Culture

Why can Russia no Longer Forgive?
Ritoo M. Jerath

If God Can’t Forgive, What Becomes of Harmony?
Regan Lance Reitsma

About the Editors

Geoffrey Karabin is a graduate student at Villanova University. He also teaches as an adjunct at Villanova University, Neumann University, and the University of Pennsylvania. His primary interest regards the relationship between a belief in personal immortality and violence.

Karolina Wigura is a Ph.D. student in Institute for Sociology, Warsaw, Poland and in Institute for Philosophy, Munich, Germany, as well as a journalist at a political and cultural weekly Europa published in Poland.