Forgiveness, Apology, and Reconciliation
|Starts:||25 May 2017|
|Ends:||26 May 2017|
|What is it:||Workshop|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield), Mihaela Mihai (University of Edinburgh), Lucy Allais (UC San Diego and Wits University), Glen Pettigrove (University of Auckland)|
We are pleased to invite presentations for a two-day interdisciplinary workshop on Forgiveness, Apology and Reconciliation.
Accounts of forgiveness are divided between those who portray forgiveness as essentially earned by the wrongdoer’s repentance or apology, and those accounts which argue that forgiveness is fundamentally ‘elective’ (it is offered as a gift to the wrongdoer). First, we wish to explore the role that apology and remorse have in earning the wrongdoer’s forgiveness. Secondly, we are interested in accounts which explain and justify the controversial phenomenon of elective forgiveness. There are at least two important worries raised against elective forgiveness. The first one is that the victim who forgives in the absence of repentance or apology is lacking in self-respect (Murphy 1989, Novitz 1998). The second is that elective forgiveness is unjustified because the victim fails to properly condemn wrongdoing (Griswold 2007, Kolnai 1973, Swinburne 1989). We welcome proposals which address and discuss these two important criticisms of elective forgiveness.
The workshop also seeks to investigate the political dimensions of apologies, forgiveness and reconciliation. Some of the questions we are interested in addressing are: can apologies help to achieve political reconciliation after violations of human rights and political oppression? Can we judge the success of political apologies by the same standards we judge interpersonal apologies? Are some forms of political forgiveness undesirable? How is forgiveness related to reconciliation? Can reconciliation be achieved through punishment?
Topics for this workshop might include, but are not limited to:
- Forgiveness and self-respect
- Forgiveness of grave wrongs and the unforgivable
- The role of apology in forgiveness
- The relation between repenting and apologizing
- Forgiveness from a feminist perspective
- How forgiveness relates to blame and punishment
- Political aspects of forgiveness
- Public apologies for historical wrongs
- The role of reparations in reconciliation
- Please email an extended abstract of up to 2000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, to email@example.com.
- We encourage researchers to submit work in progress, rather than already published manuscripts.
- The email should be entitled ‘WORKSHOP 2017.’
- The abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review.
- Abstracts should be accompanied by a cover sheet, attached as a separate file. The cover sheet should include: your name, email address, institutional affiliation (if any) and the title of the paper.
- We especially welcome proposals from minorities, graduate students and early career researchers from a range of disciplines including Philosophy, Political Theory, Social Science, Law, Gender Studies or any discipline relevant to the topic.
- You will have 30/ 40 minutes for the paper presentation followed by a 30/20 minutes discussion.
- Attendance at the workshop is open to all and the attendance is free.
- We regret we cannot cover expenses for accepted speakers.
- We may have some funding to cover child-care for speakers.
We are grateful to the Royal Institute of Philosophy, The Mind Association and the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester for funding our workshop.
Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield)
Mihaela Mihai (University of Edinburgh)
Lucy Allais (UC San Diego and Wits University)
Glen Pettigrove (University of Auckland)
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