The concept of forgiveness is currently garnering much attention in the areas of ethics and social-political philosophy. It is both advocated and challenged as an alternative to justice as law, or to typical forms of legal justice and punishment. This course, while addressing current and practical discussions of the place of forgiveness in politics, will also dig more deeply into what could perhaps be called the “social-ontological” meaning of forgiveness, one that Hegel develops, for instance, to explain the relationship between individuals and the social body. We will read selections from the work of Hegel, Arendt, Jankélévitch, Derrida and Ricoeur.
ICS 220602 W12
Dr. Shannon Hoff