Vladimir JankÚlÚvitch and the Question of Forgiveness

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Alan Udoff
Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Philosophy - 231 pages
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The essays focus on the work of Vladimir Jankelevitch as a moral philosopher, particularly that aspect of his work dealing with the question of forgiveness. They treat topics such as the place of moral philosophy in relation to his work as a whole, his relationship to contemporary French thought, and the backgrounds of classical Judaic tradition and world literature. The centerpiece of this tableau is Jankelevitch s book Le Pardon (Forgiveness). Chief among the distinguishing characteristics is its rigorous defense of what might be termed a forgiveness free of the entanglements that taint the common understanding of forgiveness what Jankelevitch refers to as pseudo-forgiveness. The advocacy of forgiveness in the name of political or social expediency, as well as the psychological benefit for the victim, are similarly repudiated. In their place, Jankelevitch substitutes a radical forgiveness that is initial, sudden, spontaneous not able to erase the past, but able to create a new future and, thereby, a new relationship to the past. He does not permit even this future, however, to serve as forgiveness s justification. For him, beyond all justifications, beyond justice itself, forgiveness is a gift akin to love."
 

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Contents

1 Vladimir JankÚlÚvitch at the Colloques des intellectuels juifs de langue franšaise
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2 JankÚlÚvitch and the Metaphysics of Forgiveness
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THEORY AND PRAXIS
47
3 Guilty Forgiveness
49
4 The Great Distress
67
5 Travelling Light
85
6 Forgiveness and Its Limits
97
7 Forgiveness and Should We Pardon Them?
111
8 New Spartans
129
9 To Atone and To Forgive
143
AT THE CROSSROADS OF THEOLOGY
159
10 The Ethics of Honor and the Possibility of Promise
161
11 After such knowledge what forgiveness?
191
Index
219
List of Contributors
229
Copyright

THE WITNESS OF LITERATURE
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Alan Udoff is professor of philosophy and religious studies at St. Francis College. He received his doctorate degree in philosophy from Georgetown University. His publications include edited volumes on Kafka, Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss.

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