Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life

Paperback | June 18, 2014

byJeffrey M. Blustein

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Forgiveness and Remembrance examines the complex moral psychology of forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts. It challenges a number of entrenched ideas that pervade standard philosophical approaches to interpersonal forgiveness and offers an original accountof its moral psychology and the emotions involved in it. The volume also uses this account to illuminate the relationship of forgiveness to political reconciliation and restorative political practices in post-conflict societies. Memory is another central concern that flows from this, since forgiveness is tied to memory and to emotions associated with the memory of injury and injustice. In its political function, memory of wrongdoing - and of its victims - is embodied in processes of memorialization, such as the creation ofmonuments, commemorative ceremonies, and museums. The book casts light on the underexplored relationship of memorialization to transitional justice and politically consequential interpersonal forgiveness. It examines the symbolism and the symbolic moral significance of memorialization as a politicalpractice, reflects on its relationship to forgiveness, and, finally, argues that there are moral responsibilities associated with memorialization that belong to international actors as well as to states.

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Forgiveness and Remembrance examines the complex moral psychology of forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts. It challenges a number of entrenched ideas that pervade standard philosophical approaches to interpersonal forgiveness and offers an original accountof its moral psychology and the emotions inv...

Jeffrey Blustein is Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics at City College and Professor of Philosophy at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He publishes in the areas of memory studies, bioethics, the ethics of parents and children, and moral psychology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199329400

ISBN - 13:9780199329403

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Forgiveness and Memory in Personal Life1. The Moral Psychology of Interpersonal Forgiveness2. Forgiveness and Memory for Wrongdoing3. Forgetting and Forgiving RevisitedPart Two: Forgiveness and Memory in Public Life4. Forgiveness, Commemoration, and Restorative Justice5. Commemoration and the Moral Values of Remembrance6. The Nature and Value of Memorialization as Symbolic Activity7. Human Rights and the Internationalization of MemoryIndex