Love and Forgiveness for a More Just World by Hent De VriesLove and Forgiveness for a More Just World by Hent De Vries

Love and Forgiveness for a More Just World

EditorHent De Vries, Nils Schott

Hardcover | November 3, 2015

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One can love and not forgive or out of love decide not to forgive. Or one can forgive but not love, or choose to forgive but not love the ones forgiven. Love and forgiveness follow parallel and largely independent paths, a truth we fail to acknowledge when we pressure others to both love and forgive. Individuals in conflict, sparring social and ethnic groups, warring religious communities, and insecure nations often do not need to pursue love and forgiveness to achieve peace of mind and heart. They need to remain attentive to the needs of others, an alertness that prompts either love or forgiveness to respond.

By reorienting our perception of these enduring phenomena, the contributors to this volume inspire new applications for love and forgiveness in an increasingly globalized and no longer quite secular world. With contributions by the renowned French philosophers Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion, the poet Haleh Liza Gafori, and scholars of religion (Leora Batnitzky, Nils F. Schott, Hent de Vries), psychoanalysis (Albert Mason, Orna Ophir), Islamic and political philosophy (Sari Nusseibeh), and the Bible and literature (Regina Schwartz), this anthology reconstructs the historical and conceptual lineage of love and forgiveness and their fraught relationship over time. By examining how we have used-and misused-these concepts, the authors advance a better understanding of their ability to unite different individuals and emerging groups around a shared engagement for freedom and equality, peace and solidarity.

Hent de Vries is director of the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, where he holds the Russ Family Chair in the Humanities and Philosophy. He is also director of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He is the author of Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Le...
Title:Love and Forgiveness for a More Just WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023117022X

ISBN - 13:9780231170222

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsHuman Alert: Concepts and Practices of Love and Forgiveness, by Hent de Vries and Nils F. Schott1. Orange Alert, by Haleh Liza Gafori2. What Love Knows, by Jean-Luc Marion3. Unpower: An Interview with Hugues Choplin, by Jean-Luc Marion4. Revenge, Forgiveness, and Love, by Regina M. Schwartz5. Love and Law: Some Thoughts on Judaism and Calvinism, by Leora Batnitzky6. "A Mother to All": Love and the Institution of Community in Augustine, by Nils F. Schott7. Looking Evil in the Eye/I: The Interminable Work of Forgiveness, by Orna Ophir8. Beyond Right and Wrong: An Exploration of Justice and Forgiveness, by Albert Mason9. Remarks on Love, by Jacques Derrida10. To Forgive: The Unforgivable and the Imprescriptible, by Jacques Derrida11. Thoughts on Love, by Sari Nusseibeh12. The Passionate Utterance of Love, by Hent de VriesSuggested ReadingContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

This timely and highly stimulating set of essays examines the theological, historical, literary, dramatic, political, and theological resources of love and forgiveness in the world today. The authors find love and forgiveness to be centrally related to questions of justice and recognition, to the alert and attentive desire to see the world and each other aright. I highly recommend this bracing and thought-provoking book.