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CUNY Colloq: Jada Twedt-Strabbing

May 10, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday at 4:15 P.M in GC rooms 9204/9205, except as otherwise noted.

May 10th
Jada Twedt-Strabbing (Fordham)
Forgiveness and Reconciliation

“Forgiveness and Reconciliation”

ABSTRACT: In this paper, I argue that forgiveness is openness to reconciliation with the wrongdoer with respect to the wrongdoing.  As I understand it, a victim is “open to reconciliation” with the wrongdoer in virtue of having attitudes and intentions toward the wrongdoer that would reconcile them, if the wrongdoer’s attitudes and intentions are what they should be.  The main advantage of this view is that it explains the power of forgiveness to effect reconciliation with a repentant wrongdoer, a power that, I argue, other views of forgiveness cannot adequately explain.  Further, the view that forgiveness is openness to reconciliation brings to light a crucial aspect of forgiveness unaccounted for by other views: namely, that we can forgive on different relationship levels – e.g., we can forgive a friend as a friend or as a person.  This explains why forgiveness only sometimes reconciles a close relationship with a repentant offender.  Finally, the view that forgiveness is openness to reconciliation accounts for the features of forgiveness that other views take to constitute forgiveness: for example, forgiveness (at least often) requires foreswearing resentment, having positive regard toward the wrongdoer, and releasing him from a debt because these are (at least often) required for the victim to do his part in the reconciliation.

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Date:
May 10, 2017
Time:
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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9204/9205

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