Forgiveness: Promise, Possibility and Failure
Edited by Geoffrey Karabin and Karolina Wigura
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
Part 2: The Aftermath of Colonialism
When Saying Sorry Just Isn’t Enough
Forgiveness is the Only Final Solution: A Reading of the Play ‘Final Solutions’ by Mahesh Dattani
Part 3: Contemporary European Political Dimensions
Peter Handke: The Moravian Night or the Request for Forgiveness
Probing the Shady Side of Forgiveness: The Judge-Penitent Discourse as a Conceptualisation of the Misuse of Public Confessions of Guilt
Part 4: Philosophical Issues
Is Forgiveness a Good Thing?
Maria Magoula Adamos
Forgiveness and Betrayal
Part 5: Jankélévitch and Derrida
Does Unforgivable Exist? On Jankélévitch’s and Derrida’s Theories of Forgiveness and Unforgivable
Aporia of Forgiveness
Part 6: Religious Dimensions
Revealing the Religious Underpinnings of Political Apologies
In Search of Forgiveness: Men and Abortion in Post-Catholic Ireland
The African Model of Forgiveness: A Contribution to Social Reconstruction and World Peace
Part 7: Forgiveness and the Law
Reconciling Irreconcilable Differences through Forgiveness
Carla S. Ross
Coupling and Decoupling Remorse and Forgiveness in Legal Discourse
Part 8: Arendt and Levinas
Tikkun Olam through Forgiveness and Promise: Renewing the World in the Thought of Hannah Arendt
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
Prisoners and Forgiveness
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
Forgiveness after Torture: Narratives of Grief and Grace
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.