Derrida on Forgiveness

A really interesting talk about forgiveness from the philosopher Jacques Derrida.  Forgiveness cannot happen if the object is forgiveable because it automatically applies that forgiving that someone is “too easy.”  I know I’m butchering it.  Thus, one can only forgive the unforgiveable, at least that’s “true” and proper forgiveness.  But that’s the paradox: how do you forgive someone that’s unforgiveable?

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I am an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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2 Responses to Derrida on Forgiveness

  1. Killer J says:

    Forgive me, but I have no idea what the hell you are asking. That WOULD be forgiveable, right?

  2. Shaun Miller says:

    Give it a listen and perhaps you can see what is forgivable or not.

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