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 a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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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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