Luke Russell (Sydney): Forgiveness, Big and Small (this event is co-sponsored by MANCEPT)
|Dates:||10 May 2016|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
Abstract: There are two bundles of claims about forgiveness that often appear together in the philosophical literature. The Supererogation Bundle includes the claims that forgiveness is never obligatory, that forgiveness should never be demanded by a wrongdoer, that forgiveness is an admirable and generous gift, and that the wrongdoer owes the forgiver a debt of gratitude. The Reacceptance Bundle includes the claims that forgiving is the repairing of a rend in a relationship, that forgiving is a welcoming back of the wrongdoer into the moral community, and that the victim's forgiveness allows her to be for rather than against the wrongdoer. In this paper I aim to explain why these bundles of claims tend to go together, and to show how they distort our understanding of forgiveness. By rejecting both bundles we can avoid some common pathologies of forgiveness.
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