byVLADIMIR JANKÉLÉVITCHTranslated byAndrew Kelley

Paperback | February 27, 2013

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Philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch has only recently begun to receive his due from the English-speaking world, thanks in part to discussions of his thought by Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Lévinas, and Paul Ricoeur. His international readers have long valued his unique, interdisciplinary approach to philosophy’s greatest questions and his highly readable writing style.
Originally published in 1967, Le Pardon, or Forgiveness, is one of Jankélévitch’s most influential works. In it, he characterizes the ultimate ethical act of forgiving as behaving toward the perpetrator as if he or she had never committed the action, rather than merely forgetting or rationalizing it—a controversial notion when considering events as heinous as the Holocaust.
Like so many of Jankélévitch’s works, Forgiveness transcends standard treatments of moral problems, not simply generating a treatise on one subject but incorporating discussions of topics such as free will, giving, creativity, and temporality. Translator Andrew Kelley masterfully captures Jankélévitch’s melodic prose and, in a substantive introduction, reviews his life and intellectual contributions. Forgiveness is an essential part of that legacy, and this indispensable English translation provides key tools for understanding one of the great Western philosophers of the twentieth century.
Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903–85) held the Chair in Moral Philosophy at the Sorbonne from 1951 to 1978. He was the author of more than twenty books on philosophy and music, including the recently translated Music and the Ineffable. Andrew Kelley is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley ...
Title:ForgivenessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 27, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022604565X

ISBN - 13:9780226045658

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
1. Temporal Decay
2. The Excuse: To Understand Is to Forgive
3. Mad Forgiveness: "Acumen Veniae"
The Unforgivable: More Unfortunate Than Wicked, More Wicked Than Unfortunate
Appendix: Jankélévitch's Philosophical Works

Editorial Reviews

"Jankélévitch poses sharply some of the deepest questions that anyone interested in forgiveness, in theory or in practice, has to face. His book is a provocative and important contribution to the subject, one that richly repays the effort required to work one's way through it."