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Scribner Seminar, London FYE 2015Larry Jorgensen

Making Things Right

Larry M. Jorgensen, Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy & Religion

This course will investigate forgiveness and reconciliation as ways of restoring peace in the midst of horrendous disruptions of it. We will read philosophical accounts of the nature of forgiveness; literary representations of forgiveness, such as Ian McEwan's Atonement; and historical expressions of forgiveness and reconciliation, including accounts of the Truth and Reconciliation process after the end of apartheid in South Africa. This course will focus primarily on interpersonal forgiveness, the response of one individual to another who has wronged her, but we will also have the opportunity to explore self-forgiveness and the relationship between forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice. London is uniquely situated for the study of forgiveness and reconciliation—several London organizations promote novel responses to violence, and the amazingly diverse cultural and religious context of London will allow us to consider subtle differences in forgiveness and reconciliation among different religions and cultures.